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Document ID (ISN)109584
CIS number 09-603
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wadsworth E.J.K., Allen P.H., McNamara R.L., Smith A.P.
Title Fatigue and health in a seafaring population
Bibliographic information Feb. 2008, Vol.58, No.3, p.198-204. 28 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The objective of this cross-sectional study was to examine the prevalence of fatigue among United Kingdom seafarers, identify fatigue risk factors and assess possible links with poor performance and ill-health. Data were collected by means of questionnaires among seafarers working in the offshore oil support, short-sea and deep-sea shipping industries. In all, 1855 questionnaires were completed giving an overall response rate of 20%. Fatigue symptoms were associated with a range of occupational and environmental factors, many unique to seafaring. Reporting a greater number of risk factors was associated with greater fatigue. There was also a strong link between fatigue and poorer cognitive and health outcomes, with fatigue the most important of a number of risk factors.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; state of health; risk factors; ships; sea transport; fatigue
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; cognitive performance; frequency rates; symptoms; questionnaire survey; work efficiency
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Physiology, ergonomics
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Water transportation