Disseminating Pesticide Exposure Results to Farmworker and Nonfarmworker Families in an Agricultural Community: A Community-Based Participatory Research Approach

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Abstract

Objective:

The aim of this study was to examine the impact of a dissemination process to provide individual pesticide results to study participants.

Methods:

After working with community members to disseminate data, 37 participants were recontacted via an interview survey to assess the effectiveness of the dissemination process.

Results:

Almost all participants (97.3%) recalled a home visit from a health promoter; 29 (78.4%) correctly recalled that the health promoter used a thermometer or graphic to explain the results; 26 (70.3%) correctly interpreted graphics showing high and low exposure levels in adults and 75.7% correctly interpreted results for children.

Conclusions:

The study results support the use of a community-based participatory research approach to decide how to best depict and disseminate study results, especially among participants who are often left out of the dissemination process.

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