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Vol 66, No 2 (2015)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2015-06-17
Submitted: 2015-06-17
Accepted: 2015-06-17
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Risk factors for merchant seafarer repatriation due to injury or illness at sea

Rafael Y. Lefkowitz, Martin D. Slade, Carrie A. Redlich
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2015.0016
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Pubmed: 26119673
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International Maritime Health 2015;66(2):61-66.

open access

Vol 66, No 2 (2015)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2015-06-17
Submitted: 2015-06-17
Accepted: 2015-06-17

Abstract

Background: Repatriation represents a serious outcome of illness or injury among seafarers at sea. The aim of this study was to describe repatriation patterns due to injury and illness in a seafarer cohort, and determine risk factors for repatriation.

Materials and methods: The study analysed a telemedicine database of 3,921 seafarer injury and illness cases over a 4 year period using descriptive statistics and logistic regression.

Results: There were 61 repatriations over the study period (1.6% of cases). Most repatriations were due to illness (38; 62.3%) as opposed to injury (23; 37.7%). Back injuries and gastrointestinal illness were the most frequent causes of repatriations. Using logistic regression, nationality was identified as a significant risk factor for repatriation.

Conclusions: This study emphasizes illness as a major cause of seafarer repatriation, and suggests opportunities for future studies to identify potentially modifiable risk factors.

Abstract

Background: Repatriation represents a serious outcome of illness or injury among seafarers at sea. The aim of this study was to describe repatriation patterns due to injury and illness in a seafarer cohort, and determine risk factors for repatriation.

Materials and methods: The study analysed a telemedicine database of 3,921 seafarer injury and illness cases over a 4 year period using descriptive statistics and logistic regression.

Results: There were 61 repatriations over the study period (1.6% of cases). Most repatriations were due to illness (38; 62.3%) as opposed to injury (23; 37.7%). Back injuries and gastrointestinal illness were the most frequent causes of repatriations. Using logistic regression, nationality was identified as a significant risk factor for repatriation.

Conclusions: This study emphasizes illness as a major cause of seafarer repatriation, and suggests opportunities for future studies to identify potentially modifiable risk factors.

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Keywords

epidemiology, occupational health, shipping, telemedicine

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Title

Risk factors for merchant seafarer repatriation due to injury or illness at sea

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 66, No 2 (2015)

Pages

61-66

Published online

2015-06-17

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2015.0016

Pubmed

26119673

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2015;66(2):61-66.

Keywords

epidemiology
occupational health
shipping
telemedicine

Authors

Rafael Y. Lefkowitz
Martin D. Slade
Carrie A. Redlich

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