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Seasickness among Icelandic seamen

Seasickness among Icelandic seamen


Title: Seasickness among Icelandic seamen
Author: Arnardóttir, Nanna Ýr   orcid.org/0000-0003-1096-1449
Jónsdóttir, Sigríður Sía
Petersen, Hannes   orcid.org/0000-0002-2327-523X
Date: 2022-08
Language: English
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University/Institute: University of Akureyri
School: School of Health Sciences
Department: Faculty of Medicine
Series: PLoS ONE; 17(8 August)
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0273477
Subject: Seasickness; Iceland; Seamen; Sjóveiki; Sjómenn; Ísland; Multidisciplinary
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/3587

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Arnardóttir , N Ý , Jónsdóttir , S S & Petersen , H 2022 , ' Seasickness among Icelandic seamen ' , PLoS ONE , vol. 17 , no. 8 August , e0273477 . https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0273477

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Introduction The working environment abroad a ship is unique, with constant stimuli such as rolling of the vessel, noise, and vibration. Fishing industry is important for Icelandic economy, still the effect of seasickness-related symptoms on seamen´s health is not fully understood. Thus, the objective of this study is to explore the impact of seasickness-related symptoms, i.e., seasickness, seasickness symptoms and mal de débarquement on seaman´s health, and how their working environment may affect those factors. Methods Cross-sectional data was collected from 262 seamen answering questionnaire. Majority of the seamen participated while attending a compulsory course held by the Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre. The majority of participants were men. A chi-square test was used to detect the difference between variables. Results The majority of seamen had experienced seasickness (87.8%) or mal de débarquement (85.8%). Having a history of tension headache (38.1%) and tinnitus (37.9%) was quite common. A total of 30.6% of the participants had been admitted to hospital once or more due to mishaps or accidents on land. Discussion Seasickness and seasickness symptoms together with mal de débarquement are common in Icelandic seamen. Working conditions at sea are demanding and seam to affect the seamen´s health both at sea and ashore, making further research needed.
 
Introduction The working environment abroad a ship is unique, with constant stimuli such as rolling of the vessel, noise, and vibration. Fishing industry is important for Icelandic economy, still the effect of seasickness-related symptoms on seamen´s health is not fully understood. Thus, the objective of this study is to explore the impact of seasickness-related symptoms, i.e., seasickness, seasickness symptoms and mal de débarquement on seaman´s health, and how their working environment may affect those factors. Methods Cross-sectional data was collected from 262 seamen answering questionnaire. Majority of the seamen participated while attending a compulsory course held by the Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre. The majority of participants were men. A chi-square test was used to detect the difference between variables. Results The majority of seamen had experienced seasickness (87.8%) or mal de débarquement (85.8%). Having a history of tension headache (38.1%) and tinnitus (37.9%) was quite common. A total of 30.6% of the participants had been admitted to hospital once or more due to mishaps or accidents on land. Discussion Seasickness and seasickness symptoms together with mal de débarquement are common in Icelandic seamen. Working conditions at sea are demanding and seam to affect the seamen´s health both at sea and ashore, making further research needed.
 

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