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J Health Psychol. 2012 Sep;17(6):856-65. doi: 10.1177/1359105311427476. Epub 2011 Nov 30.

Tanning behaviors and determinants of solarium use among indoor office workers in Queensland, Australia.

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Griffith University, Centre for Applied Health Economics, University Dr, Meadowbrook Q4131, Australia. Louisa.Gordon@griffith.edu.au

Abstract

Using cross-sectional survey data from Brisbane, Australia, this study identifies prevalence and factors associated with indoor tanning in office workers. Over 12-months, 72/2867 (2.5%) survey participants used solaria. Twenty-eight sunbed users (39%) tanned outdoors and used spray-tans and 42 (58%) reported burns after indoor tanning. Results from regression modelling suggests the strongest predictors of sunbed use were beliefs that tanning was safer indoors than outdoors (OR 6.1, 95%CI: 2.6-14.0) and engaging in outdoor tanning (OR 4.1, 95%CI: 1.8-9.0). We recommend that health authorities promote health gains by reducing ultraviolet radiation exposure or substituting indoor tanning with a spray-on tan.

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22131168
DOI:
10.1177/1359105311427476
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