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Knowledge about health benefits of Vitamin D in Queensland Australia

Janda, Monika, Youl, Philippa, Merollini, Katharina, Niland, Coleen, & Kimlin, Michael G. (2010) Knowledge about health benefits of Vitamin D in Queensland Australia. Preventive Medicine, 50(4), pp. 215-216.

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Abstract

In Queensland, Australia, the ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are high (greater than UV Index 3) almost all year round. Although ambient UV is about three times higher in summer compared to winter, Queensland residents receive approximately equal personal doses of UV radiation within these seasons (Neale et al., 2010). Sun protection messages throughout the year are thus essential (Montague et al., 2001), need to reach all segments of the population, and should incorporate guidelines for maintenance of adequate vitamin D levels. Knowledge is an essential requirement to allow people to make health conscious decisions. Unprompted knowledge commonly requires a higher level of awareness or recency of acquisition compared to prompted recall (Waller et al., 2004). This paper thus reports further on the data from a 2008 population-based, cross-sectional telephone survey conducted in Queensland, Australia (2,001 participants; response rate=45%) (Youl et al., 2009). It was the aim of this research to establish the level of, and factors predicting, unprompted and prompted knowledge about health and vitamin D.

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ID Code: 38922
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Katharina Bolz was the maiden name of Katharina Merollini
Keywords: Prevention, Knowledge, Vitamin D, Skin Cancer, Malanoma
DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.02.004
ISSN: 0091-7435
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Funding:
  • NHMRC CDA /553034
Deposited On: 13 Dec 2010 10:16
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 16:11

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