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Document ID (ISN)75738
CIS number 00-1789
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sluiter J.K., van der Beek A.J., Frings-Dresen M.H.W.
Title Work stress and recovery measured by urinary catecholamines and cortisol excretion in long distance coach drivers
Bibliographic information June 1998, Vol.55, No.6, p.407-413. Illus. 21 ref.
Abstract The urinary excretion rate of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol of 10 coach drivers was studied during a long distance trip of three days and two consecutive days off. The second day off was considered as the baseline. An occupationally induced disturbance of the circadian rhythmicity was found for adrenaline and noradrenaline but not for cortisol. The drivers showed occupationally induced reactivity in rates of urinary excretion of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol. After the outward journey the rates of excretion of catecholamines did not return to baseline values. The course of recovery in adrenaline excretion after the journey showed a new phenomenon, which has been called "fatigue debt". It is recommended that longer resting times in shuttle bus trips and fixed days off after these kind of trips should be planned.
Descriptors (primary) transport of persons; neuropsychic stress; mental stress; corticoid excretion; drivers
Descriptors (secondary) workbreaks; circadian rhythm; determination in urine; stress studies; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout