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Symptoms of fatigue and coping strategies in maritime pilotage

Chambers, Timothy P. and Main, Luana C. 2015, Symptoms of fatigue and coping strategies in maritime pilotage, International maritime health, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 43-48, doi: 10.5603/IMH.2015.0011.

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Title Symptoms of fatigue and coping strategies in maritime pilotage
Author(s) Chambers, Timothy P.
Main, Luana C.ORCID iD for Main, Luana C.
Journal name International maritime health
Volume number 66
Issue number 1
Start page 43
End page 48
Total pages 6
Publisher International Maritime Health Association
Place of publication Gdynia, Poland
Publication date 2015-03-19
ISSN 1641-9251
Keyword(s) shift-work
mental health
Summary Background:
Little is known regarding the symptoms of fatigue that maritime pilots experience during shift work. Moreover, the strategies these individuals use to cope with the onset of fatigue are also unknown. The current study explored the symptoms of fatigue and coping strategies experienced by maritime pilots when on-shift.

Material and methods:
Fifty maritime pilots were recruited via an advertisement in the national association’s quarterly newsletter (Mage = 51.42; SD = 9.81). Participants responded to a modified version of the questionnaire used with aviation pilots that assessed overall fatigue, and the symptoms pilots associated with fatigue on duty. Methods pilots used to cope with fatigue before shift and when on the bridge were also assessed.

There were significant effects for pilot vitality on 4 categories of fatigue: cognitive dysfunction; emotional disturbance; mean physical effects; and sleepiness. There were no significant effects for vitality on any of the self-reported coping strategy factors.

The findings indicated that maritime pilots experience a variety of physical, behavioural, and cognitive fatigue symptoms when on shift. Some of these symptoms are similar to those reported by aviation pilots. However, unlike aviation pilots, maritime pilots reported utilising self-sufficient coping strategies to deal with the experience of fatigue.
Language eng
DOI 10.5603/IMH.2015.0011
Field of Research 110602 Exercise Physiology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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