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Knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in the sun: the barriers to behavioural change in Northern Ireland.
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PMID:  15651769     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To inform future health promotion programmes, we studied the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of the Northern Ireland population to sun care. An interviewer-administered questionnaire was applied to one adult per household from a random sample of 1242 addresses. Lower levels of knowledge were found among respondents who were male, aged under 25 years or over 65 years, in a manual occupation or living in the west where health promotion activity on this topic was less active than in the east. Younger adults, females and professional groups were more likely to indicate that a suntan was important, healthy or attractive. Use of high factor sunscreen was inversely proportional to perceived importance of a suntan. Sunburn was more common in younger adults but more men reported multiple episodes of burning. Regular skin checks were uncommon and self-assessment of skin type was unrealistic indicating that sun care advice based on self assessment should be avoided in this population. Future campaigns should target appropriate messages at specific population subgroups. The study highlights the importance of collecting baseline information before implementing health promotion programmes and suggests that repeat monitoring is essential to ensure that key messages remain relevant. This study also indicates that Care in the Sun campaigns here impacted on general awareness in the population even with limited resources. There is, therefore, potential for greater impact with high funding levels.
T Owen; D Fitzpatrick; O Dolan; A Gavin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Ulster medical journal     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0041-6193     ISO Abbreviation:  Ulster Med J     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-17     Completed Date:  2005-03-07     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417367     Medline TA:  Ulster Med J     Country:  Northern Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-104     Citation Subset:  IM    
Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast.
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MeSH Terms
Health Education
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Promotion*
Health Surveys
Middle Aged
Northern Ireland
Skin Neoplasms / etiology,  prevention & control*
Sunburn / etiology,  prevention & control
Sunlight / adverse effects*

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