Knowledge about health benefits of vitamin D in Queensland Australia

Monika Janda*, Philippa Youl, Katharina Bolz, Coleen Niland, Michael Kimlin

*Corresponding author for this work

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In Queensland, Australia, the ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are high (greater than UV Index 3) almost all year round. Although ambient UV is about three times higher in summer compared to winter, Queensland residents receive approximately equal personal doses of UV radiation within these seasons (Neale et al., 2010). Sun protection messages throughout the year are thus essential (Montague et al., 2001), need to reach all segments of the population, and should incorporate guidelines for maintenance of adequate vitamin D levels. Knowledge is an essential requirement to allow people to make health conscious decisions. Unprompted knowledge commonly requires a higher level of awareness or recency of acquisition compared to prompted recall (Waller et al., 2004). This paper thus reports further on the data from a 2008 population-based, cross-sectional telephone survey conducted in Queensland, Australia (2,001 participants; response rate = 45%) (Youl et al., 2009). It was the aim of this research to establish the level of, and factors predicting, unprompted and prompted knowledge about health and vitamin D.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-216
Number of pages2
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


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