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Nutrients 2013, 5(3), 915-927; doi:10.3390/nu5030915
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The ABC of Vitamin D: A Qualitative Study of the Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Vitamin D Deficiency amongst Selected Population Groups

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Received: 29 January 2013; in revised form: 25 February 2013 / Accepted: 8 March 2013 / Published: 15 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Vitamin D and Human Health)
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Abstract: Objective: In Australia, vitamin D supply in food is limited, and sun exposure is the main source of vitamin D. However skin cancer risk is high, and the need to gain some sun exposure for adequate vitamin D is challenging public health messages to use protection in the sun. The complex vitamin D public health message may be confusing the public and, in particular, those at highest risk for vitamin D deficiency. This study explored vitamin D and sun exposure attitudes, knowledge and practices of some groups considered at risk of vitamin D deficiency and those delivering healthy sun exposure messages to children. Method: 52 adults participated in six focus groups. Results: Results corroborated with previous research showing low levels of vitamin D knowledge. Individual and environmental barriers to receiving adequate sun exposure were also identified. Conclusions and Implications: The message advocating balanced sun exposure to produce adequate vitamin D needs to be made clearer and be more effectively communicated. Findings provide insights to aid development of appropriate public health messages for safe sun exposure and vitamin D, especially for vulnerable groups.
Keywords: vitamin D; focus groups; knowledge and attitudes vitamin D; focus groups; knowledge and attitudes
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Bonevski, B.; Bryant, J.; Lambert, S.; Brozek, I.; Rock, V. The ABC of Vitamin D: A Qualitative Study of the Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Vitamin D Deficiency amongst Selected Population Groups. Nutrients 2013, 5, 915-927.

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Bonevski B, Bryant J, Lambert S, Brozek I, Rock V. The ABC of Vitamin D: A Qualitative Study of the Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Vitamin D Deficiency amongst Selected Population Groups. Nutrients. 2013; 5(3):915-927.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Bonevski, Billie; Bryant, Jamie; Lambert, Sylvie; Brozek, Irena; Rock, Vanessa. 2013. "The ABC of Vitamin D: A Qualitative Study of the Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Vitamin D Deficiency amongst Selected Population Groups." Nutrients 5, no. 3: 915-927.


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