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Panel session on designing shift work systems to improve performance and alertness: what do we know and what do we need to know?
Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 32nd Annual Meeting, Riding the Wave of Innovation, October 24-28, 1988, Anaheim, California. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors Society, 1988 Oct; 1:727-728
The appropriateness of shift systems and individual coping techniques were discussed by a panel composed of members who have conducted research aimed at understanding how intervention techniques interact with performance and recovery of function. Each of the following topics was addressed by one of the members of this panel: manipulation of sleepiness by changing chronobiological napping, schedule, and performance demands; physical fitness, exercise, and environmental variables as factors influencing adjustment to shiftwork; exposure to light as an aid or deterrent in adjusting to shift work; variables related to the concern of eating and drinking habits as they interact with work schedule variables; behavioral techniques for changing alertness and performance to train individuals in optimizing workplace activity; researching the efficacy of using psychopharmacological aids to improve performance while working nights; the use of divergent intervention techniques in a systems approach to shift design and workplace intervention; and changes in performance and alertness associated with 8 hour and 12 hour shifts, and a project on interventions for adapting to night and shift work.
Shift-work; Safety-research; Accident-prevention; Circadian-rhythms; Physiological-response; Sleep-deprivation; Work-capacity; Task-performance
Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 32nd Annual Meeting, Riding the Wave of Innovation, October 24-28, 1988, Anaheim, California
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