Supplementary Material for: Sun Protection Behavior in Organ Transplant Recipients in Queensland, Australia

  • Michelle R. Iannacone (Creator)
  • M.R. Iannacone (Creator)
  • N. Pandeya (Creator)
  • N. Isbel (Creator)
  • S. Campbell (Creator)
  • J. Fawcett (Creator)
  • H. P. Soyer (Creator)
  • L Ferguson (Creator)
  • M. Davis (Creator)
  • D. C. Whiteman (Creator)
  • Adele Green (Creator)



<b><i>Background:</i></b> Organ transplant recipients (OTRs) have a high risk of skin cancer, and excessive sun exposure is a major contributing factor. <b><i>Objective:</i></b> To document the prevalence of sun protection and associated factors in OTRs in Queensland, Australia. <b><i>Methods:</i></b> Cross-sectional study of the frequency of wearing hats, long sleeves and using sunscreens among OTRs and factors associated with regular use. Adjusted prevalence ratios (PRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated using Poisson regression models. <b><i>Results:</i></b> Among 446 OTRs, 66, 49 and 39% wore a hat, sunscreen and long sleeves, respectively, mostly when outdoors. 52% regularly practiced multiple sun protection measures while 19% did not. Sunburn-prone skin (PR = 1.43, 95% CI = 1.06-1.93) and frequent whole-body skin examinations (PR = 1.48, 95% CI = 1.19-1.84) were independently associated with regular use of multiple sun protection measures. <b><i>Conclusion:</i></b> Findings are consistent with sun-conscious OTRs also having more regular skin screening and that having frequent skin examinations promotes sun-protective habits.
Date made available2017


  • Ultraviolet radiation
  • Sun protection measures
  • Organ transplantation
  • Skin cancer risk

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