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Weekend personal ultraviolet radiation exposure in four cities in Australia: Influence of temperature, humidity and ambient ultraviolet radiation

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Xiang, F and Harrison, S and Nowak, M and Kimlin, M and Van der Mei, I and Neale, RE and Sinclair, C and Lucas, RM and the AusD Study Investigator Group, Weekend personal ultraviolet radiation exposure in four cities in Australia: Influence of temperature, humidity and ambient ultraviolet radiation, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 143 pp. 74-81. ISSN 1011-1344 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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e 2015 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2014.12.029

Abstract

Purpose: To examine the effects of meteorological factors on weekend sun exposure behaviours and personal received dose of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in Australian adults.

Methods: Australian adults (n=1002) living in Townsville (19S, 146E), Brisbane (27S, 153E), Canberra (35S, 149E) and Hobart (43S, 147E) were recruited between 2009 and 2010. Data on sun exposure behaviours were collected by daily sun exposure dairies; personal UVR exposure was measured with a polysulphone dosimeter. Meteorological data were obtained from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology; ambient UVR levels were estimated using the Ozone Monitoring Instrument data.

Results: Higher daily maximum temperatures were associated with reduced likelihood of wearing a long-sleeved shirt or wearing long trousers in Canberra and Hobart, and higher clothing-adjusted UVR dose in Canberra. Higher daily humidity was associated with less time spent outdoors in Canberra. Higher ambient UVR level was related to a greater clothing-adjusted personal UVR dose in Hobart and a greater likelihood of using sunscreen in Townsville.

Conclusion: The current findings enhance our understanding of the impact of weather conditions on the population's sun exposure behaviours. This information will allow us to refine current predictive models for UVR-related diseases, and guide future health service and health promotion needs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Central Nervous System
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Nervous System and Disorders
UTAS Author:Van der Mei, I (Associate Professor Ingrid van der Mei)
ID Code:103223
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-09-29
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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