Factors associated with recall of media reports about vitamin D and sun protection

Danette Langbecker*, Pip Youl, Michael Kimlin, Karen Remm, Monika Janda

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To assess the recall of media reports about vitamin D and associated factors. 


Analysis of cross-sectional telephone interview data (2,001 Queensland adults, 18-70 years) on vitamin D and personal sun protection, recall of media reports and participant characteristics. 


83.7% of participants had heard of vitamin D, 47.5% through the media. Only 513 (25.6%) participants recalled the media content within four main themes: vitamin D is beneficial/comes from the sun (47.0%); some people aren't getting enough vitamin D, need more sun (27.9%); need to balance sun exposure and skin protection (11.5%); or other (13.6%). Only 65 of the 950 participants (6.8%) reported a change to their behaviour(s) due to the media report. 


Although the media were the main source of information about vitamin D for almost 50% of participants, recall of the content and direct effect on behaviour was low. Only a small minority recalled a balanced media report of beneficial and harmful aspects of sun exposure.


Health professionals often supply media with background information. To achieve best public health practice for sun protection and vitamin D, information to foster balanced media reports should be provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


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