A Pilot Study of Sleep, Work Practices, Visual Processing Speed, and 5-Year Motor Vehicle Crash Risk Among Truck Drivers.

Academic Article


  • The purpose of this pilot study was to explore the relationships between sleep, work practices, speed of processing, and 5-year motor vehicle crash risk among a group of older truck drivers. Anthropometric, demographic, and psychological data were recorded, along with health, sleep, and work histories from a sample of 23 truck drivers. Results from this pilot study suggest that physical fatigue may play a role in processing speed. Future studies should be designed with adequate power and include objective measures of sleep and repeated measures over time to determine 5-year MVC rates. Implications for occupational health nursing research, practice, and education are presented.
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  • flexible and remote workers, occupational hazards, occupational injuries, older workers, safety, shift work, workforce, Accidents, Traffic, Adult, Alabama, Automobile Driving, Fatigue, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Motor Vehicles, Occupational Injuries, Pilot Projects, Risk Factors, Sleep Disorders, Circadian Rhythm, Spatial Processing, Workload
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    Author List

  • Heaton K; McManus BJ; Mumbower R; Vance DE
  • Start Page

  • 572
  • End Page

  • 579
  • Volume

  • 65
  • Issue

  • 12