Sun protective behaviors at an outdoor entertainment event in Australia

Barrett, Fiona, Usher, Kim, Woods, Cindy, Harrison, Simone L., Nikles, Jane, and Conway, Jane (2018) Sun protective behaviors at an outdoor entertainment event in Australia. Nursing and Health Sciences, 20 (1). pp. 132-138.

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Abstract

An observational study was conducted to examine the use of sun protective hats, clothing, and sunglasses of people attending an outdoor entertainment event in an area of high-to-extreme ultraviolet radiation in New South Wales, Australia. Armidale is unique, as it is a highly-elevated area, almost 1000 m above sea level, and temperatures are often mild with very high-to-extreme levels of ultraviolet radiation. Four trained data collectors observed attendees as they entered the event, and recorded their use of sun protective hats, clothing, and sunglasses. While more than half of the attendees wore sun protective hats, only 14% wore sun protective clothing. Broadbrimmed hats were considered sun protective, while sun protective clothing was defined by shirts with at least three-quarter-length sleeves. Females were more likely to wear both a sun protective hat and clothing than males, and children were less protected than adults. Legislative changes are required to ensure that organizers of outdoor events have a legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for attendees, including strategies to help reduce ultraviolet radiation exposure.

Item ID: 54721
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1442-2018
Keywords: melanoma; observation study; prevention; sun protection; sun protective behavior; ultraviolet;
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An extension of work conducted in collaboration with UNE based on previous research conducted by Harrison and co-workers within JCU Skin Cancer Research Unit and published as Nikles J and Harrison SL (2014) An Observational Study of Sun-Protective Behaviour at an Outdoor Spectator Sporting Event in a Region of High Sun Exposure. J Carcinog Mutagen 2014: S4: 003. doi:10.4172/2157-2518.S4-003

Funders: Parkes Bequest
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2018 01:41
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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