Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

Use of mobile and cordless phones and cognition in Australian primary school children: a prospective cohort study. epidem.

Published in: Environ Health 2016; 15: 26

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A cohort study was conducted in Australia to examine the association between the use of mobile phones and cordless phones and cognition in primary school children.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Type of risk estimation:

Exposure

Assessment

Exposure groups

Group Description
Reference group 1 number of mobile phone calls per week: 0
Group 2 number of mobile phone calls per week: ≤ 2.5
Group 3 number of mobile phone calls per week: > 2.5
Reference group 4 number of cell phone calls per week: 0
Group 5 number of cell phone calls per week: ≤ 2
Group 6 number of cell phone calls per week: > 2

Population

Study size

Type Value
Total 1,189
Participants 619
Participation rate 52 %
Statistical analysis method: ( adjustment: )

Conclusion (acc. to author)

Mobile phone use for calls was low: 417 children did not use mobile phones, and only 10% of the user made 10 or more calls per week. Cordless phones were used by 470 children, of these 6% made 10 or more calls per week.
Only 5 of 78 results of phone use with cognitive measures were statistically significant.
The authors concluded that there was little evidence that cognitive function was associated with mobile phone and cordless phone use in primary school children.

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