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Vol 68, No 3 (2017)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2017-09-27
Submitted: 2017-05-18
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The health behaviour and wellbeing of older seafarers on Merseyside — indicated changes through brief interventions

Malcolm John Fisk
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2017.0024
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Pubmed: 28952657
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International Maritime Health 2017;68(3):133-139.

open access

Vol 68, No 3 (2017)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2017-09-27
Submitted: 2017-05-18
Accepted: 2017-06-11

Abstract

Background: There is significant evidence of the poor health of seafarers that arises both from the rigours of their trade and, for many, the associated lifestyles. Such poor health can continue in later life. The objective of the research is to report on a specific project that provided brief interventions to assist older (ex-) seafarers and to establish the effect of those interventions on their knowledge, behaviours, health and wellbeing.

Materials and methods: Older seafarers were recruited to the project. Brief interventions were provided by which the knowledge of a number of older seafarers with health needs was raised about the options available to them; and the implications for their lifestyles and behaviours were addressed. Initial and final interviews were undertaken to determine any changes in self-reported health and wellbeing using both EQ5D and the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) measures. Post project interviews took place with a sample of the older seafarers.

Results: A good level of understanding was found among the older seafarers regarding their own health. This meant that a precondition was in place, for many, by which changes in behaviours and lifestyles could take place. An important outcome was the indicated benefits of the brief interventions for self-reported wellbeing, though not statistically significant at the 95% level of confidence.

Conclusions: Endeavours within the project to reach some of those who could benefit from the brief interventions were successful. Just over half changed their behaviours or were thinking of so doing. Wellbeing gains arising were indicated.

Abstract

Background: There is significant evidence of the poor health of seafarers that arises both from the rigours of their trade and, for many, the associated lifestyles. Such poor health can continue in later life. The objective of the research is to report on a specific project that provided brief interventions to assist older (ex-) seafarers and to establish the effect of those interventions on their knowledge, behaviours, health and wellbeing.

Materials and methods: Older seafarers were recruited to the project. Brief interventions were provided by which the knowledge of a number of older seafarers with health needs was raised about the options available to them; and the implications for their lifestyles and behaviours were addressed. Initial and final interviews were undertaken to determine any changes in self-reported health and wellbeing using both EQ5D and the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) measures. Post project interviews took place with a sample of the older seafarers.

Results: A good level of understanding was found among the older seafarers regarding their own health. This meant that a precondition was in place, for many, by which changes in behaviours and lifestyles could take place. An important outcome was the indicated benefits of the brief interventions for self-reported wellbeing, though not statistically significant at the 95% level of confidence.

Conclusions: Endeavours within the project to reach some of those who could benefit from the brief interventions were successful. Just over half changed their behaviours or were thinking of so doing. Wellbeing gains arising were indicated.

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Keywords

seafarers, health, wellbeing, behaviour, brief interventions

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Title

The health behaviour and wellbeing of older seafarers on Merseyside — indicated changes through brief interventions

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 68, No 3 (2017)

Pages

133-139

Published online

2017-09-27

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2017.0024

Pubmed

28952657

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2017;68(3):133-139.

Keywords

seafarers
health
wellbeing
behaviour
brief interventions

Authors

Malcolm John Fisk

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