Impact of saliva collection methods on sIgA and cortisol assays and acceptability to participants.

@article{Strazdins2005ImpactOS,
  title={Impact of saliva collection methods on sIgA and cortisol assays and acceptability to participants.},
  author={L Strazdins and Shannon Meyerkort and Vicki A. Brent and R M D'souza and Dorothy H. Broom and Jennelle M. Kyd},
  journal={Journal of immunological methods},
  year={2005},
  volume={307 1-2},
  pages={167-71}
}
In community-based studies of stress and immunity, saliva samples offer a non-intrusive way of gathering biological data. Cotton-based devices are widely used in cortisol research, but some may affect assay results. We compared assay reliability and perceived acceptability of three saliva collection methods: passive, cotton 'salivettes' and cellulose-cotton tip 'eyespears'. Compared to passive collection, salivettes reduced the concentration of cortisol (p = .001) and sIgA (p = .002). Eyespears… CONTINUE READING

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