Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

Prevalence and psychiatric comorbidity of self-reported electromagnetic field sensitivity in Taiwan: A population-based study. epidem.

Published in: J Formos Med Assoc 2011; 110 (10): 634-641

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A cross-sectional study was conducted in Taiwan to estimate the prevalence of self-reported electromagnetic hypersensitivity and to identify the associated factors for reporting electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Type of risk estimation:

Exposure

Assessment

Population

Study size

Type Value
Total 10,800
Eligible 5,643
Participants 1,251
Evaluable 1,197
Statistical analysis method:

Conclusion (acc. to author)

The prevalence of people with self-reported electromagnetic hypersensitivity in Taiwan was 13.3 %. Following factors were associated with higher risk of reporting hypersensitivity: a very poor self-reported health status, unable to work, and psychiatric morbidity.
The authors conclude that the prevalence of self-reported electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the general population of Taiwan is higher than the prevalence reported in western countries. People with psychiatric morbidity are more likely to report electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Limitations (acc. to author)

The authors note that the cross-sectional design precludes the causal inference of all identified factors and electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

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