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Measuring exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation using a dosimetric technique: understanding participant compliance issues

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Sun, J and Lucas, RM and Harrison, SL and van der Mei, I and Whiteman, DC and Mason, R and Nowak, M and Brodie, AM and Kimlin, MG, Measuring exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation using a dosimetric technique: understanding participant compliance issues, Photochemistry and Photobiology, 90, (4) pp. 919-924. ISSN 0031-8655 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 The American Society of Photobiology

DOI: doi:10.1111/php.12265

Abstract

Personal ultraviolet dosimeters have been used in epidemiological studies to understand the risks and benefits of individuals' exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR). We investigated the types and determinants of noncompliance associated with a protocol for use of polysulphone UVR dosimeters. In the AusD Study, 1002 Australian adults (aged 18-75 years) were asked to wear a new dosimeter on their wrist each day for 10 consecutive days to quantify their daily exposure to solar UVR. Of the 10 020 dosimeters distributed, 296 (3%) were not returned or used (Type-I noncompliance) and other usage errors were reported for 763 (8%) returned dosimeters (Type-II noncompliance). Type-I errors were more common in participants with predominantly outdoor occupations. Type-II errors were reported more frequently on the first day of measurement; weekend days or rainy days; and among females; younger people; more educated participants or those with outdoor occupations. Half (50%) the participants reported a noncompliance error on at least 1 day during the 10-day period. However, 92% of participants had at least 7 days of usable data without any apparent noncompliance issues. The factors identified should be considered when designing future UVR dosimetry studies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:van der Mei, I (Associate Professor Ingrid van der Mei)
ID Code:93356
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-07-29
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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