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Document ID (ISN)102934
CIS number 03-1867
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hillert L., Berglind N., Arnetz B.B., Bellander T.
Title Prevalence of self-reported hypersensivity to electric or magnetic fields in a population-based questionnaire survey
Bibliographic information Feb. 2002, Vol.28, No.1, p.33-41. 21 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of self-reported hypersensitivity to electric or magnetic fields in the general population and to describe characteristics of the group reporting such hypersensitivity with regard to demographics, other complaints, hypersensitivities and traditional allergies. A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted in 1997 among 15,000 men and women between 19 and 80 years of age in Stockholm county. The response rate was 73%. One and a half percent of the respondents reported hypersensitivity to electric or magnetic fields. Prevalence was highest among women and in the 60-69 age group. The hypersensitive group reported all symptoms, allergies and other types of hypersensitivities included in the survey to a significantly greater extent than the rest of the respondents.
Descriptors (primary) subjective assessment; magnetic fields; hypersensitivity; electric fields
Descriptors (secondary) Sweden; allergies; questionnaire survey; frequency rates; health hazards; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Radiation
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Electromagnetic fields