Interventions to decrease skin cancer risk in outdoor workers : update to a 2007 systematic review

Horsham, Caitlin, Auster, Josephine, Sendall, Marguerite C., Stoneham, Melissa, Youl, Philippa, Crane, Philip, Tenkate, Thomas, Janda, Monika, & Kimlin, Michael (2014) Interventions to decrease skin cancer risk in outdoor workers : update to a 2007 systematic review. BMC Research Notes, 7(10).

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Outdoor workers are at high risk of harmful ultraviolet radiation exposure and are identified as an at risk group for the development of skin cancer. This systematic evidence based review provides an update to a previous review published in 2007 about interventions for the prevention of skin cancer in outdoor workers.

RESULTS: This review includes interventions published between 2007-2012 and presents findings about sun protection behaviours and/or objective measures of skin cancer risk. Six papers met inclusion criteria and were included in the review. Large studies with extended follow-up times demonstrated the efficacy of educational and multi-component interventions to increase sun protection, with some higher use of personal protective equipment such as sunscreen. However, there is less evidence for the effectiveness of policy or specific intervention components.

CONCLUSIONS: Further research aimed at improving overall attitudes towards sun protection in outdoor workers is needed to provide an overarching framework.

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ID Code: 66090
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Skin cancer, Outdoor workers, UV radiation, Sun protection
DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-7-10
ISSN: 1756-0500
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Horsham et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2014 23:11
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2014 18:55

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