[abstract] ACCIDENTS AND HEALTH RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE (HRQOL) AMONG PROFESSIONAL DIVERS AND OFFSHORE WORKERS: THE ELTHI DIVING STUDY.

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[abstract] ACCIDENTS AND HEALTH RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE (HRQOL) AMONG PROFESSIONAL DIVERS AND OFFSHORE WORKERS: THE ELTHI DIVING STUDY.

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Title: [abstract] ACCIDENTS AND HEALTH RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE (HRQOL) AMONG PROFESSIONAL DIVERS AND OFFSHORE WORKERS: THE ELTHI DIVING STUDY.
Author: Osman, LM; Macdiarmid, JI; Ross, JAS; Watt, SJ; Godden, DJ; Lawson, A; Taylor, CL; Adie, WR
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Professional diving has high risk of accident or injury. However, among 11,517 US navy personnel, divers appeared more resilient to effects of environmentally caused disorders than a matched non diving control group. The present study investigated HRQOL and accidents resulting in 3 or more days absence from work ('3-day accident') among professional divers and a comparison group of offshore workers. METHODS: In 2000-2001 a postal lifestyle and accident history questionnaire including the SF-12 questionnaire was completed by 1540 UK men holding a professional diving qualification gained before 1991 (divers), (45percent working as divers in the past 12 months), and 1035 age matched non-diving offshore workers. SF12 Physical and Mental scores were related to '3 day' accident history over working life time adjusted for lifestyle factors (age, deprivation, binge drinking, smoking). RESULTS: 795 (54percent) men with a diving certificate and 720 (70percent) offshore workers reported no 'three day' accidents during their working life. Participants with a 'three day' accident were more likely to be currently not working (15percent vs 8percent p less than 0.01, age adjusted), but not less likely to be working as divers in the current year (55percent vs 55percent p ns). Among participants with no '3 day' accidents, there was no difference in HRQOL between divers and offshore workers. Among those with a '3 day' accident history divers showed better physical and mental SF12 quality of life than offshore workers (p less than 0.05). Adjusted quality of life advantage of divers was 0.7 to 3.4 SF-12 points. CONCLUSIONS: Men with professional diving experience have more 'three day' accidents in their working career than age matched offshore workers but show less health related quality of life impact. Divers may be more resilient to adverse events than the non diving population. quality of life; accidents; professional diving
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/1269
Date: 2003

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