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Abstract: Issue addressed: Identify personal and situational factors predicting sunburn in north Queensland recreational boat users over summer. Methods: Cross-sectional survey with prospective 24 hour follow up for sunburn, conducted in Townsville, north Queensland, during the summer of 2003. Ninety three out of 100 boat users returning after a day trip agreed to participate. All were followed up, with three later excluded from analysis due to prior sunburn (n=90, response rate 93%). Results: Overall, 48% of participants experienced sunburn as a result of their boat trip; 57% of these developed sunburn on the face and 43% on both the V of the neck and the legs. Factors found to increase the occurrence of sunburn were longer time on the water between 10 am-2 pm, not wearing a wide-brimmed hat, not working outdoors and going boating less than once per month. Conclusions: The survey shows unacceptably high levels of sunburn in north Queensland boat users. Sunburn appears related to not using optimal sun protection between 10 am and 2 pm. Boat users in the tropics need to wear a brimmed hat to better protect the face, a collared long-sleeved shirt buttoned up at the throat to protect the V of the neck and arms, long pants, and rely less on sunscreen and on darker skin types that are perceived to sunburn less readily. (author abstract)

To cite this article: Woolley, T and Raasch, B. Predictors of sunburn in north Queensland recreational boat users [online]. Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2005 Apr: 26-31. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=454148076280263;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1036-1073. [cited 06 May 16].

Personal Author: Woolley, T; Raasch, B; Source: Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2005 Apr: 26-31 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1036-1073 Subject: Ships; Sunscreens (Cosmetics); Affiliation: (1) North Queensland Centre Cancer Research, James Cook University, QLD 4811 Torres.Woolley@jcu.edu.au

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