Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

Mobile Phone Usage and its Health Effects Among Adults in a Semi-Urban Area of Southern India. epidem.

Published in: J Clin Diagn Res 2016; 10 (1): LC14-LC16

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A cross-sectional study was conducted in India to investigate the association between mobile phone use and health effects among adults.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Type of risk estimation:

Exposure

Assessment

Exposure groups

Group Description
Reference group 1 mobile phone use: no
Group 2 mobile phone use: yes

Population

Study size

Type Value
Participants 2,121
Evaluable 2,054
Statistical analysis method: ( adjustment: )

Conclusion (acc. to author)

Overall, 69.8% of the participants reported to use mobile phones. Most of them were using calling facility (94.2%), followed by SMS facility (67.6%).
Health problems that were found to be positively associated with mobile phone usage were headache, earache, neck pain, tinnitus, painful fingers, morning tiredness, fatigue, eye symptoms, sleep disturbance and restlessness. Hypertension was more uncommon among mobile phone users compared to non-users.
The authors concluded that an association between selected health symptoms and mobile phone use was observed.

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