An inexpensive high-temporal resolution electronic sun journal for monitoring personal day to day sun exposure patterns

Downs, Nathan J. and Parisi, Alfio V. and Butler, Harry and Rawlings, Alex and Elrahoumi, Raja Salem (2017) An inexpensive high-temporal resolution electronic sun journal for monitoring personal day to day sun exposure patterns. Frontiers in Public Health: Radiation and Health, 5 (Article No. UNSP 310). ISSN 2296-2565

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Abstract

Exposure to natural sunlight, specifically solar ultraviolet radiation contributes to lifetime risks of skin cancer, eye disease and diseases associated with vitamin D insufficiency. Improved knowledge of personal sun exposure patterns can inform public health policy; and help target high risk population groups. Subsequently, an extensive number of studies have been conducted to measure personal solar ultraviolet exposure in a variety of settings. Many of these studies however use digital or paper-based journals (self-reported volunteer recall), or employ cost prohibitive electronic ultraviolet dosimeters (that limit the size of sample populations), to estimate periods of exposure. A cost effective personal electronic sun journal built from readily available infrared photodiodes is presented in this research. The electronic sun journal can be used to complement traditional ultraviolet dosimeters that measure total biologically effective exposure by providing a time stamped sun exposure record. The electronic sun journal can be easily attached to clothing and data logged to personal devices (including fitness monitors or smartphones). The electronic sun journal improves upon self-reported exposure recording and is a cost effective high temporal resolution option for monitoring personal sun exposure behavior in large population studies.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 24 November 2017. Access to the published version in accordance with the open-access copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 00:11
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 00:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: sun journal, ultraviolet, infrared, erythema, skin cancer, vitamin D
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00310
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33286

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