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Evaluation of Free School Breakfast Initiative
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN18336527
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Public title Evaluation of Free School Breakfast Initiative
Scientific title
Acronym N/A
Serial number at source N/A
Study hypothesis Provision of free school breakfasts will prospectively predict improved dietary behaviours, cognitive performance, positive attitudes to eating healthy breakfasts and school attendance.
Lay summary
Ethics approval Approval from the Cardiff University Social Science Ethics Committee
Study design Randomised controlled trial
Countries of recruitment United Kingdom
Disease/condition/study domain Nutritional health behaviours and cognitive performance
Participants - inclusion criteria Primary school children in schools eligible to receive free school breakfasts in 9 LEAs across Wales. The majority of data collection will be conducted with years 5/6 but parents of a random sample of younger children will be asked to provide responses to questionnaires.
Participants - exclusion criteria 1. Participants not meeting the above inclusion criteria
2. Children with special educational needs will be excluded from testing at discretion of teaching staff
Anticipated start date 01/09/2004
Anticipated end date 31/08/2007
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material
Target number of participants 120 schools (approximately 5000 for main part of study)
Interventions Provision of free school breakfast versus no free breakfast
Primary outcome measure(s) 1. Cognitive performance
2. Dietary behavours
3. Attitudes to eating healthy breakfasts
4. School attendance
Outcomes assessed at baseline and 12 month follow up
Secondary outcome measure(s) Uptake of initiative
Sources of funding Welsh Assembly Government (UK) - Contract number 266/2003 (extension)
Trial website http://www.cf.ac.uk/socsi/cishe/pages/breakfast.html
Publications 1. 2007 protocol in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17888158
2. 2010 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20602868
Contact name Prof  Laurence  Moore
  Address Cardiff Institue of Society Health and Ethics
Cardiff University
53 Park Place
  City/town Cardiff
  Zip/Postcode CF10 3AT
  Country United Kingdom
  Email MooreL1@cf.ac.uk
Sponsor Welsh Assembly Government (UK)
  Address National Assembly for Wales
Cathays Park
  City/town Cardiff
  Zip/Postcode CF10 3NQ
  Country United Kingdom
  Sponsor website: http://www.wales.gov.uk
Date applied 26/08/2005
Last edited 09/07/2010
Date ISRCTN assigned 21/10/2005
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