Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

Self-report of physical symptoms associated with using mobile phones and other electrical devices. epidem.

Published in: Bioelectromagnetics 2009; 30 (6): 431-437

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A study was conducted in Finland to evaluate self-reported physical symptoms associated with the use of mobile phones and other electrical devices.

Further details

The possible influence of new technical equipment on health was assessed by using open-ended question in questionnaire (qualitative method). Furthermore, the answers should be classified into subgroups based on symptoms or devices.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Type of risk estimation:

Exposure

Assessment

Population

Study size

Type Value
Total 15,000
Participants 6,121

Conclusion (acc. to author)

1300 out of 6121 participants answered the open-ended question "other observations concerning technology and health". Three categories were identified: 1) respondents with different self-reported symptoms in association with using mobile phones, 2) respondents with skin symptoms when they stayed in front of a computer screen for a long period, and 3) respondents who somehow mentioned physical symptoms associated with the use of mobile phones or other electrical devices.
The prevalence of self-reported symptoms in association with the use of mobile phones and other electrical devices was 0.7 %.

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