Allyson K Thomson

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Attributions of causality are common for many diseases, including breast cancer. The risk of developing breast cancer can be reduced by modifications to lifestyle and behaviours to minimise exposure to specific risk factors, such as obesity. However, these modifications will only occur if women believe that certain behaviours/lifestyle factors have an(More)
OBJECTIVE Our study sought to ascertain women's beliefs about breast cancer risk factors and whether these beliefs differed by demographic factors and personal and family history of breast cancer. METHODS Participants in a case-control study of breast cancer rated the effect of 37 exposures on the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Chi-square(More)
OBJECTIVES Expert assessment is useful to assess occupational exposures in cases where measured exposure data are not available. However, the process may be inefficient in a community-based study with low prevalence of exposure. This study aimed to determine if formally triaging the jobs as to likelihood of exposure before the experts review those jobs(More)
PURPOSE This study investigated two of the stresses experienced by parents caring for offspring with Angelman syndrome (AS) and Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) in Western Australia, and identified their coping strategies. METHODS Parents of 19 offspring with AS and PWS participated in the Family Stress and Coping Interview which provides a stress level score,(More)
BACKGROUND Occupational exposure to some organic solvents may increase risk of breast cancer. METHODS In a population-based case-control study, 1,205 women diagnosed with primary breast cancer between 2009 and 2011 were drawn from the Western Australian Cancer Registry and matched to 1,789 controls from the electoral roll. Exposure to solvents was(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate current breast cancer risk due to occupational exposure to ionizing radiation. METHODS We analyzed data from the Western Australian population-based Breast Cancer Employment and Environment Study. The Breast Cancer Employment and Environment Study included 1205 cases with incident breast cancer during 2009-2011 and 1789 controls.(More)
BACKGROUND This article provides a qualitative account of four models of support for adults with intellectual disability in individual supported living (ISL) arrangements. MATERIALS AND METHODS Completion of the first 50 evaluations of 150 arrangements for the third phase of the ISL project provided the examples. RESULTS Four approaches are described:(More)
BACKGROUND Recall bias is a potential source of misclassification in case-control studies. Studies have shown that the association between exposure and disease can differ according to participants' beliefs or knowledge about the effect of that exposure on disease. We investigated the association between belief about breast cancer causation and self-reported(More)
OBJECTIVE The Breast Cancer Environment and Employment Study (BCEES) is a case--control study that began in 2009. The study experienced a lower than expected response fraction, a trend that appears to be occurring internationally. A 32-page questionnaire was included in the initial invitation to participate, and previous research suggests that long(More)
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