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Tuesday, October 2 • 10:45am - 11:05am
Science & Research: Self-reported Respiratory Symptoms in Healthy Adults with High Home Radon Levels

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            Karen M. Butler*, DNP, RN, Whitney Hiner, Monica Mundy, Amanda Wiggins,
Kathy Rademacher, and Ellen J. Hahn
University of Kentucky College of Nursing, BREATHE
Lexington, KY, USA
 The association between exposure to radon, tobacco smoke, and lung cancer is established; not as much is known about the immediate health effects of radon exposure. We examined the relationship between levels of radon and secondhand smoke (SHS) in the home and respiratory symptoms, controlling for smoking status and COPD diagnosis. The pilot study was a cross-sectional design with a convenience sample of 71 homeowners who had tested their homes for radon and SHS as part of a larger environmental risk reduction study. Of the 71 participants, 27 homes tested high for radon (> 4.0 pCi/L); 44 tested high for SHS. Logistic regression showed that radon level was the only significant variable associated with presence of respiratory symptoms, controlling for smoking status and COPD diagnosis. This study adds important information to the literature and indicates that more research is needed to understand the immediate health effects of radon exposure.

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Karen M. Butler, DNP, RN

Dr. Karen Butler is a Professor and Assistant Dean in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and a Faculty Associate in BREATHE.  She has clinical and research experience in tobacco control and reduction of radon exposure, and works with community partners to reduce the health... Read More →

Tuesday October 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:05am EDT