A Response to: Deadly Radon in Montana?

Dr. Hart intended to answer the question of whether or not radon is deadly in Montana. Instead he answered the question, “Do Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) county zone designations correlate to statistically different rates of lung cancer deaths in Montana?” Based on a non-significant student t-test comparing mean cancer mortality for EPA zone 1 and 2 designated counties, Dr. Hart concluded the “notion” that radon is deadly in Montana should be questioned. Dr. Hart’s analysis is flawed.

Public health policy for testing of radon in Montana schools

Radon as a human carcinogen has been clearly documented and children are an especially vulnerable population due to biophysical characteristics and duration of exposure. An investigation was necessary to determine if health policies exist to protect school children from radon exposure. This study inventoried the states with regulations regarding school radon testing. Nine states, eight with high geographic risk, have school testing policies. The implication of the policy inventory is that 28 high-radon states do not have policies in place to protect school children from radon.

Utilization and Scope of Practice of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in Montana

To explore the licensing, certification, governance and education requirements of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in the state of Montana. Services provided and privileges retained in employment were also analyzed.
Data Sources
This was a descriptive study using a survey of rural hospital administrators (N=34).

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