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Document ID (ISN)74554
CIS number 00-421
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wilson J.R., Raven P.B., Morgan W.P.
Title Prediction of respiratory distress during maximal physical exercise: The role of trait anxiety
Bibliographic information July-Aug. 1999, Vol.60, No.4, p.512-517. 21 ref.
Abstract Industrial respirators offer protection for men and women who are required to work in toxic or oxygen-deficient environments. The purpose of this investigation was to confirm an earlier finding, using a simplified protocol that an individual's tendency to experience respiratory distress during exercise can be predicted. In the present experiment, an independent sample of 38 subjects underwent a maximal exercise test. It was predicted that subjects with elevated trait anxiety scores would experience respiratory distress when required to perform heavy physical exercise using a full-facepiece, air-line supplied, pressure-demand respirator. The prediction of respiratory distress was accurate in 34 of 38 cases (89.5%). It was concluded that an objective measure of trait anxiety can be used to identify those individuals who are most likely to experience distress while performing maximal physical exercise and using a pressure-demand respirator.
Descriptors (primary) dyspnoea; respirators; work capacity; anxiety
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; prediction; mental stress; exercise tests
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Respiratory protection
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)