Ergebnisse einer Querschnittsstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden

Jürgen Breckenkamp*, Maria Blettner, Bernd Kowall, Joachim Schüz, Brigitte Schlehofer, Sven Schmiedel, Christian Bornkessel, Ursula Reis, Peter Potthoff, Gabriele Berg-Beckhoff

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Background: Despite the fact that adverse health effects are not confirmed for exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RFEMF) levels below the limit values, as defined in the guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, many persons are worried about possible adverse health effects caused by the RF-EMF emitted from mobile phone base stations, or they attribute their unspecific health complaints like headache or sleep disturbances to these fields. Method: In the framework of a cross-sectional study a questionnaire was sent to 4150 persons living in predominantly urban areas. Participants were asked whether base stations affected their health. Health complaints were measured with standardized health questionnaires for sleep disturbances, headache, health complaints and mental and physical health. 3,526 persons responded (85%) to the questionnaire and 1,808 (51%) agreed to dosimetric measurements in their flats. Exposure was measured in 1,500 flats. Results: The measurements accomplished in the bedrooms in most cases showed very low exposure values, most often below sensitivity limit of the dosimeter. An association of exposure with the occurrence of health complaints was not found, but an association between the attribution of adverse health effects to base stations and the occurrence of health complaints. Conclusions: However, concerns about health and the attribution of adverse health effects to these mobile phone base stations should be taken serious and require a risk communication with concerned persons. Future research should focus on the processes of perception and appraisal of RF-EMF risks, and ascertain the determinants of concerns and attributions in the context of RF-EMF.

OriginalsprogTysk
TidsskriftUmweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis
Vol/bind15
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)159-166
Antal sider8
ISSN1430-8681
StatusUdgivet - 2010

Fingeraftryk

Electromagnetic Fields
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health
Radiation Protection
Mental Health
Communication

Emneord

  • Dosimetry
  • Health complaints
  • Mobile phone base stations
  • Quebeb study

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Breckenkamp, Jürgen ; Blettner, Maria ; Kowall, Bernd ; Schüz, Joachim ; Schlehofer, Brigitte ; Schmiedel, Sven ; Bornkessel, Christian ; Reis, Ursula ; Potthoff, Peter ; Berg-Beckhoff, Gabriele. / Ergebnisse einer Querschnittsstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden. I: Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis. 2010 ; Bind 15, Nr. 3. s. 159-166.
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Breckenkamp, J, Blettner, M, Kowall, B, Schüz, J, Schlehofer, B, Schmiedel, S, Bornkessel, C, Reis, U, Potthoff, P & Berg-Beckhoff, G 2010, 'Ergebnisse einer Querschnittsstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden', Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis, bind 15, nr. 3, s. 159-166.

Ergebnisse einer Querschnittsstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden. / Breckenkamp, Jürgen; Blettner, Maria; Kowall, Bernd; Schüz, Joachim; Schlehofer, Brigitte; Schmiedel, Sven; Bornkessel, Christian; Reis, Ursula; Potthoff, Peter; Berg-Beckhoff, Gabriele.

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