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A qualitative study on physical health threatening factors of Iranian seafarers working on ocean going tankers

Fereshteh Baygi, Olaf Chersten Jensen, Ali Asghar Farshad, Farzad Shidfar, Fatemeh Mohammadi-Nasrabadi
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2018.0031
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International Maritime Health 2018;69(3):192-200.

open access

Vol 69, No 3 (2018)
MARITIME/OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE Original article
Published online: 2018-09-27
Submitted: 2018-06-06
Accepted: 2018-09-05

Abstract

Background: Seafaring is a highly physically demanding profession in a risky environment due to exposure to unique job health related risk factors. The purpose of the study is to describe physical health threatening factors of Iranian seafarers working on tankers.

Materials and methods: A qualitative content analysis with inductive approach was performed on 17 Iranian male seafarers in 2016. Subjects were selected by purposive sampling, which continued until data saturation. Data were gathered using semi-structural questionnaire via in-depth-interviews. All interviews were transformed into computer files. Analysis was done based on conventional content analysis approach.

Results: Mean job history and age of the participants was 11.9 ± 7.2 and 35.8 ± 9.3 years, respectively. Two main themes emerged during analysis of data and categories were created. The themes are (1) physical health threatening factors at the ship; (2) high risk ranks at the ship.

Conclusions: The need for addressing nutrition at sea was acknowledged by seafarers. Also, it seems that revision of some regulations regarding seafarers’ medical examination, oral health and heart diseases is necessary.

Abstract

Background: Seafaring is a highly physically demanding profession in a risky environment due to exposure to unique job health related risk factors. The purpose of the study is to describe physical health threatening factors of Iranian seafarers working on tankers.

Materials and methods: A qualitative content analysis with inductive approach was performed on 17 Iranian male seafarers in 2016. Subjects were selected by purposive sampling, which continued until data saturation. Data were gathered using semi-structural questionnaire via in-depth-interviews. All interviews were transformed into computer files. Analysis was done based on conventional content analysis approach.

Results: Mean job history and age of the participants was 11.9 ± 7.2 and 35.8 ± 9.3 years, respectively. Two main themes emerged during analysis of data and categories were created. The themes are (1) physical health threatening factors at the ship; (2) high risk ranks at the ship.

Conclusions: The need for addressing nutrition at sea was acknowledged by seafarers. Also, it seems that revision of some regulations regarding seafarers’ medical examination, oral health and heart diseases is necessary.

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Keywords

Qualitative study, physical health threatening factors, seafarers

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Title

A qualitative study on physical health threatening factors of Iranian seafarers working on ocean going tankers

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 69, No 3 (2018)

Article type

Original article

Pages

192-200

Published online

2018-09-27

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2018.0031

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International Maritime Health 2018;69(3):192-200.

Keywords

Qualitative study
physical health threatening factors
seafarers

Authors

Fereshteh Baygi
Olaf Chersten Jensen
Ali Asghar Farshad
Farzad Shidfar
Fatemeh Mohammadi-Nasrabadi

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