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Vol 71, No 3 (2020)
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Seasickness and its impact on researchers’ work on board French oceanographic vessels

David Lucas, Myriam Mehaneze, Brice Loddé, dominique Jegaden
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2020.0029
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Pubmed: 33001426
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International Maritime Health 2020;71(3):160-165.

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Vol 71, No 3 (2020)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original article
Published online: 2020-09-28
Submitted: 2020-08-17
Accepted: 2020-09-04

Abstract

Background: Seasickness (SS) is an often hidden pathology, but one that can significantly disrupt work on board. The aim of the study is to evaluate the influence of SS on the workability of workers on board vessels.
Materials and methods: We performed a cross-sectional questionnaire study conducted on 250 oceanographers in 2015 during 3 months. Based on the “Bos seasickness susceptibility questionnaire”, we created a specific questionnaire with 49 questions.
Results: 151 men and 72 women responded to the survey. 188 of them (91.7% of women and 80.8% of men) report being seasick, either occasionally (69%) or at each boarding where there is female predominance (23.6% vs. 11.3% for men). The major symptoms are nausea (82%) and vomiting (56%). 60% of the workers think that SS has an influence on the success of their mission, by first affecting their mood (50%), relationship (23%), and increased risk of accidents such as falls, accidents on machines or in laboratories (40%). Antinaupathic treatments also produce deleterious effects on their workstation. Women have higher risk of developing SS (odds ratio [OR] 2.6; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.03–6.6; p = 0.04), more frequently taking medicines when ill (OR 4.1; 95% CI 1.27–13.2; p = 0.004) and coming with her own tablets (OR 2.3; 95% CI 1.3–4.1; p = 0.04).
Conclusions: Gender is a trending factor of SS. Information on SS clinical signs, impact and therapeutics could be prone to prevent sickness and impact of it on workability.

Abstract

Background: Seasickness (SS) is an often hidden pathology, but one that can significantly disrupt work on board. The aim of the study is to evaluate the influence of SS on the workability of workers on board vessels.
Materials and methods: We performed a cross-sectional questionnaire study conducted on 250 oceanographers in 2015 during 3 months. Based on the “Bos seasickness susceptibility questionnaire”, we created a specific questionnaire with 49 questions.
Results: 151 men and 72 women responded to the survey. 188 of them (91.7% of women and 80.8% of men) report being seasick, either occasionally (69%) or at each boarding where there is female predominance (23.6% vs. 11.3% for men). The major symptoms are nausea (82%) and vomiting (56%). 60% of the workers think that SS has an influence on the success of their mission, by first affecting their mood (50%), relationship (23%), and increased risk of accidents such as falls, accidents on machines or in laboratories (40%). Antinaupathic treatments also produce deleterious effects on their workstation. Women have higher risk of developing SS (odds ratio [OR] 2.6; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.03–6.6; p = 0.04), more frequently taking medicines when ill (OR 4.1; 95% CI 1.27–13.2; p = 0.004) and coming with her own tablets (OR 2.3; 95% CI 1.3–4.1; p = 0.04).
Conclusions: Gender is a trending factor of SS. Information on SS clinical signs, impact and therapeutics could be prone to prevent sickness and impact of it on workability.

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Keywords

maritime medicine, seasickness, onboard conditions

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Title

Seasickness and its impact on researchers’ work on board French oceanographic vessels

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 71, No 3 (2020)

Article type

Original article

Pages

160-165

Published online

2020-09-28

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2020.0029

Pubmed

33001426

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International Maritime Health 2020;71(3):160-165.

Keywords

maritime medicine
seasickness
onboard conditions

Authors

David Lucas
Myriam Mehaneze
Brice Loddé
dominique Jegaden

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