“I’ve Heard of It, Yes, but I Can’t Remember What Exactly It Was”—A Qualitative Study on Awareness, Knowledge, and Use of the UV Index

dc.contributor.authorDiehl, Katharina
dc.contributor.authorGörig, Tatiana
dc.contributor.authorJansen, Charlotte
dc.contributor.authorHruby, Maike Carola
dc.contributor.authorPfahlberg, Annette B.
dc.contributor.authorGefeller, Olaf
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-03
dc.date.available2023-10-09T17:47:27Z
dc.date.created2021
dc.date.issued2021-03-03
dc.description.abstractPharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians play an important role in counselling customers regarding sunscreen use and sun protection measures. A potentially helpful tool that can be used during counselling is the ultraviolet index (UVI), which informs individuals when and what sun protection measures are needed at a specific place and time. Our aim in this qualitative study was to explore awareness, knowledge, and use of the UVI during counselling in pharmacies. We used semi-structured interviews with pharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians (n = 20) to answer our research questions. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using qualitative content analysis. During the interviews pharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians revealed a lot of uncertainty and lack of knowledge regarding the UVI. Eight professionals were able to give a correct definition of UVI. Amongst others, the UVI was confused with sun protection factor. Overall, the UVI was hardly used during the counselling of customers. The UVI was developed to provide guidance when which type of sun protection is required to avoid detrimental effects of ultraviolet radiation. For effective implementation, both the general population and health professionals (e.g., pharmacists) have to increase their knowledge about the UVI. This would strengthen its use during professional counselling in pharmacies and may help to reduce the incidence of skin cancer over the long term.en
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18.4 (2021): 1615. <https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/4/1615>
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041615
dc.identifier.issn1660-4601
dc.identifier.opus-id15978
dc.identifier.urihttps://open.fau.de/handle/openfau/15978
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:bvb:29-opus4-159782
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.de
dc.subjectUV index
dc.subjectpharmacy
dc.subjectpharmacists
dc.subjectcounselling
dc.subjecteducation
dc.subjectsun protection
dc.subjectsun protection factor
dc.subjectprevention
dc.subjectskin cancer
dc.subject.ddcDDC Classification::6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften :: 61 Medizin und Gesundheit :: 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
dc.title“I’ve Heard of It, Yes, but I Can’t Remember What Exactly It Was”—A Qualitative Study on Awareness, Knowledge, and Use of the UV Indexen
dc.typearticle
dcterms.publisherFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
local.date.prevpublished2021-02-08
local.document.articlenumber1615
local.journal.issue4
local.journal.titleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
local.journal.volume18
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local.subject.fakultaetMedizinische Fakultät
local.subject.importimport
local.subject.sammlungUniversität Erlangen-Nürnberg / Eingespielte Open Access Artikel / Eingespielte Open Access Artikel 2021
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