Hand dermatitis among medical students from north Queensland, Australia

Leggat, Peter Adrian, and Smith, Derek Richard (2007) Hand dermatitis among medical students from north Queensland, Australia. Contact Dermatitis, 56 (3). pp. 137-139.

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Although hand dermatitis (HD) is a frequent occurrence for many health professionals, little is known about the prevalence of HD among medical students, particularly in Australia. A questionnaire-based survey of HD was administered to 261 students at a medical school in tropical northern Australia during 2004 (98.9% response rate). The prevalence of HD varied by year of study, ranging from 9.7% to 20.4% (P=0.322), with an overall prevalence of 17.4%. HD prevalence was significantly higher in those with current allergic disease (P=0.012). Some students (13.8%) reported a reaction immediately after exposure to latex products, a finding which was associated with higher prevalence of HD (P=0.001). HD may be more prevalent among students of a tropical Australian medical school than among their counterparts studied elsewhere. The identification of allergy as a significant correlate again stresses the importance of allergic disease and its relationship with skin conditions.

Item ID: 2684
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1600-0536
Keywords: hand dermatitis; Australia; medical student; tropical; risk factor; epidemiology
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2009 04:25
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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