Lolita Rapolienė, Jonas Sąlyga, Geriuldas Žiliukas, Sigutė Norkienė


Stress prevalence is increasing worldwide and it is consideredas a serious health problem. Different professions are associatedwith the different stress level. Objective: to assess stress andfatigue differences and possible courses between seamen andonshore workers. Methods: 600 respondens including 220 seamenand 380 onshore workers survey, general symptoms distress andmultidimensional fatigue scales. Statistical analysis was makeusing the SPSS21 software package. Results: stress was reportedby 93,7% seamen and 94,7% onshore workers. Onshore workersfeel more life-related average intensity stress (31,8 and 24,2%). Thenumber of stress symptoms was greater in seamen group (meandifference 0,7, CI 0,384 to 0,952), but stress symptoms severity- inother workers group (-0,31, CI -0,642 to 0,025), no difference instress management. The fatigue prevalence for seamen is 97,7 %,for onshore staff- 92,6, but latter felt it more occasionally (71,1 %),onshore workers- more than once per week (73,9 %) including daily(32,2%). Duty time fatigue was bigger in seamen (3,27and 2,85,p<0,001), but intensity of physical and mental fatigue by the endof day was greater in onshore workers. A statistically significantdiffrence in general (p=0,023) and physical fatigue (p=0,001)between both workers showed more intensity in onshore staff.Conclusions: seamen and onshore proffessionals often experiencesstress and fatigue, especially seamens during duty. Increased stressand fatigue levels and fatigue frequency found in onshore staff.

Keyword(s): fatigue, seamen, stress
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2014.071
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