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Vol 70, No 2 (2019)
MARITIME MEDICINE Case report
Published online: 2019-06-25
Submitted: 2018-10-20
Accepted: 2019-04-24
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Maritime field studies: methods for exploring seafarers’ physical activity

Marcus Oldenburg, Hans-Joachim Jensen
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2019.0015
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Pubmed: 31237668
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International Maritime Health 2019;70(2):95-99.

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Vol 70, No 2 (2019)
MARITIME MEDICINE Case report
Published online: 2019-06-25
Submitted: 2018-10-20
Accepted: 2019-04-24

Abstract

In order to determine the health status of seafarers, questionnaires are frequently applied or medical/ /psychological examinations conducted ashore, for example, in the form of medical fitness examinations or simulator training. In such a survey design, the occupational influences and the individual reaction cannot be ascertained. However, these aspects are especially important in the maritime context as employees on board are often exposed to the typical shipping-related stressors in the workplace for many months, both during working hours and during leisure time. In particular, it is assumed that working on board requires a high level of physical effort. Therefore, an exploration of occupational stress and strain, particularly the assessment of the seafarers’ physical activity, should preferably be carried out in a comprehensive and realistic way in a maritime field study, i.e. an on-the-job survey directly on board.

Abstract

In order to determine the health status of seafarers, questionnaires are frequently applied or medical/ /psychological examinations conducted ashore, for example, in the form of medical fitness examinations or simulator training. In such a survey design, the occupational influences and the individual reaction cannot be ascertained. However, these aspects are especially important in the maritime context as employees on board are often exposed to the typical shipping-related stressors in the workplace for many months, both during working hours and during leisure time. In particular, it is assumed that working on board requires a high level of physical effort. Therefore, an exploration of occupational stress and strain, particularly the assessment of the seafarers’ physical activity, should preferably be carried out in a comprehensive and realistic way in a maritime field study, i.e. an on-the-job survey directly on board.

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Keywords

activity on board; daily report; energy expenditure; heart rate; voyage episodes

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Title

Maritime field studies: methods for exploring seafarers’ physical activity

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 70, No 2 (2019)

Pages

95-99

Published online

2019-06-25

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2019.0015

Pubmed

31237668

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International Maritime Health 2019;70(2):95-99.

Keywords

activity on board
daily report
energy expenditure
heart rate
voyage episodes

Authors

Marcus Oldenburg
Hans-Joachim Jensen

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