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Health, self-care and the offshore workforce: opportunities for behaviour change interventions, an epidemiological survey.

Gibson Smith, Kathrine; Paudyal, Vibhu; Klein, Susan; Stewart, Derek

Authors

Kathrine Gibson Smith

Vibhu Paudyal

Susan Klein

Derek Stewart



Abstract

Introduction: The high risk nature of offshore work and inherent occupational hazards necessitate that offshore workers engage in behaviours that promote health and wellbeing. The survey aimed to assess offshore workers' health, self-care, quality of life and mental wellbeing, and to identify associated areas requiring behaviour change. Methods: Offshore workers attending a course at a training facility in Scotland were invited to complete a questionnaire comprising 11 validated measures of health, self-care, quality of life and mental wellbeing. Results: A total of 352 offshore workers responded (completion rate 45.4%). Almost three-quarters were identified as overweight/obese (n=236, 74.4%). Median scores for SF-8 quality of life (physical=56.1, interquartile range (IQR)=4.8; mental=54.7, IQR=8.1) and Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing scales were positive (52.0, IQR=9.0). The largest proportion of participants' scores across alcohol use (n=187, 53.4%) and sleep quality (n=229, 67.0%) domains were categorised as negative. The median number of self-care domains for which offshore workers scored negatively was 3 (IQR=2.0). Conclusions: There are key areas relating to the health, quality of life, mental wellbeing and self-care of the offshore workforce that warrant addressing.

Citation

GIBSON SMITH, K., PAUDYAL, V., KLEIN, S. and STEWART, D. 2018. Health, self-care and the offshore workforce: opportunities for behaviour change interventions, an epidemiological survey. Rural and remote health [online], 18(2), article number 4319. Available from: https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH4319

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 17, 2017
Online Publication Date May 26, 2018
Publication Date May 26, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 7, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 7, 2018
Journal Rural and remote health
Print ISSN 1445-6354
Publisher James Cook University
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 2
Article Number 4319
DOI https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH4319
Keywords Health promotion; Mental wellbeing; Offshore workers; Occupational health; Remote environments; Selfcare; UK
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/2947

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