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

Jiandong, Sun, Lucas, Robyn M., Harrison, Simone L., van der Mei, Ingrid, Whiteman, David C., Mason, Rebecca, Nowak, Madeleine, Brodie, Alison M., and Kimlin, Michael (2014) Measuring exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation using a dosimetric technique: understanding participant compliance issues. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 90 (4). pp. 919-924.

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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 ID: 37723
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: exposure to solar UVR; polysulphone dosimeters; AUSD study; participant noncompliance
ISSN: 1751-1097
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC), Queensland Health
Projects and Grants: NHMRC Project Grant 497220
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2015 03:26
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
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