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Maritime health: a review with suggestions for research

Malcolm MacLachlan, Bill Kavanagh, Alison Kay
International Maritime Health 2012;63(1):1-6.

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Vol 63, No 1 (2012)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2012-06-05
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

International maritime health has largely developed within the sphere of occupational health services and international health problems. We reviewed publications in the journal International Maritime Health from 2000 to 2010 to establish the coverage of the journal and the scope of research in maritime health. We identified six thematic categories: healthcare access, delivery and integration; telehealth; non-communicable diseases and physical health problems; communicable diseases; psychological functioning and health; and safety-related issues. We describe the research within these themes and report on their publication prominence. We also analyse the research in terms of its geographical focus, the population groups addressed and the research methodologies used. We suggest a broadening of maritime research to include randomised controlled trials, longitudinal studies and more qualitative research; more research addressing the context for non-European seafarers; and research on seafarers spouses and family supports and obligations. We also recommend more research on psychosocial and cultural issues and on telehealth, as well as the development of a stronger systems perspective for promoting maritime health.

Abstract

International maritime health has largely developed within the sphere of occupational health services and international health problems. We reviewed publications in the journal International Maritime Health from 2000 to 2010 to establish the coverage of the journal and the scope of research in maritime health. We identified six thematic categories: healthcare access, delivery and integration; telehealth; non-communicable diseases and physical health problems; communicable diseases; psychological functioning and health; and safety-related issues. We describe the research within these themes and report on their publication prominence. We also analyse the research in terms of its geographical focus, the population groups addressed and the research methodologies used. We suggest a broadening of maritime research to include randomised controlled trials, longitudinal studies and more qualitative research; more research addressing the context for non-European seafarers; and research on seafarers spouses and family supports and obligations. We also recommend more research on psychosocial and cultural issues and on telehealth, as well as the development of a stronger systems perspective for promoting maritime health.
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Keywords

maritime health; global health; systematic review; common challenges

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Title

Maritime health: a review with suggestions for research

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 63, No 1 (2012)

Pages

1-6

Published online

2012-06-05

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2012;63(1):1-6.

Keywords

maritime health
global health
systematic review
common challenges

Authors

Malcolm MacLachlan
Bill Kavanagh
Alison Kay

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