Mixed-methods process evaluation of SafeTea: a multimedia campaign to prevent hot drink scalds in young children and promote burn first aid

Laura Cowley, Verity Bennett, Isabelle Brown, Alan M Emond, Alison Kemp

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Objectives SafeTea is a multifaceted intervention delivered by community practitioners to prevent hot drink scalds to young children and improve parents’ knowledge of appropriate burn first aid. We adapted SafeTea for a national multimedia campaign, and present a mixed-methods process evaluation of the campaign.

Methods We used social media, a website hosting downloadable materials and media publicity to disseminate key messages to parents/caregivers of young children and professionals working with these families across the UK. The SafeTea campaign was launched on National Burns Awareness Day (NBAD), October 2019, and ran for 3 months. Process evaluation measurements included social media metrics, Google Analytics, and quantitative and qualitative results from a survey of professionals who requested hard copies of the materials via the website.

Results Findings were summarised under four themes: ‘reach’, ‘engagement’, ‘acceptability’ and ‘impact/behavioural change’. The launch on NBAD generated widespread publicity. The campaign reached a greater number of the target audience than anticipated, with over 400 000 views of the SafeTea educational videos. Parents and professionals engaged with SafeTea and expressed positive opinions of the campaign and materials. SafeTea encouraged parents to consider how to change their behaviours to minimise the risks associated with hot drinks. Reach and engagement steadily declined after the first month due to reduced publicity and social media promotion.

Conclusion The SafeTea campaign was successful in terms of reach and engagement. The launch on NBAD was essential for generating media interest. Future campaigns could be shorter, with more funding for additional social media content and promotion
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-427
Number of pages9
JournalInjury Prevention
Issue number5
Early online date22 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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Funding This research was supported by funding from The Scar Free Foundation (no award/grant number), Health and Care Research Wales (no award/grant number), the Cardiff University City Region Exchange (no award/grant number), the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) Foundation (no award/grant number), the Worshipful Company of Tinplate Workers (no award/grant number) and the British Burn Association (no award/grant number).

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