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J Health Psychol. 2015 Aug;20(8):1060-72. doi: 10.1177/1359105313507301. Epub 2013 Nov 11.

Clustering of excess health concerns for electromagnetic fields among health personnel: A quantitative and qualitative approach.

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1
Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Athens University Medical School, Greece.
2
Pediatric Department, Medical School, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.
3
Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Athens University Medical School, Greece epetrid@med.uoa.gr.

Abstract

Clustering patterns, among health-care personnel, of excessive concerns pertaining to perceived electromagnetic field-related health impacts, as contrasted to those from other environmental factors, were explored. Knowledge/excessive concerns of 722 health-care personnel were assessed using a 22-item structured questionnaire along with a double-phase qualitative study comprising semistructured interviews and focus groups. Over 75 percent of the participants had high perceived knowledge, whereas accuracy was limited to <20 percent and correctness to 8 percent. An "excessive concern" group was clearly distinguished from a "relaxed attitude" one. Clustering of excessive concerns may derive from personal beliefs, suggesting a risk governance issue for health education policies.

KEYWORDS:

clustering of excessive health concern; electromagnetic fields; health personnel; mobile phones; qualitative and quantitative study

PMID:
24217062
DOI:
10.1177/1359105313507301
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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