SEA SICKNESS, FATIGUE AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Authors
  1. Colwell, J.L.
  2. Heslegrave, R.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN);Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
An integrated package of questionnaires designed to obtain subjective information on the effects of ship motions on human performance at sea is described. These questionnaires are intended for distribution during naval operations to develop a database of motion sickness and fatigue symptomatology, and coincidental effects on human task performance. The questionnaires will be validated using dedicated sea trials and laboratory experiments. The central element of this package is the Sea Sickness, Fatigue and Performance Assessment Questionnaire (PAQ). The PAQ is used to record the presence and severity of sea sickness and fatigue symptoms, and also to identify and describe their effects on performance. Ideally, the PAQ will be distributed to a large proportion of the ship's crew during every watchkeeping rotation over a long period of duty. As the PAQ is intended for wide distribution in many navies, care was taken to balance the conflicting requirements of a practical format which is simple and fast to complete against the desire to obtain as much information as possible on a complex and personal subject. A Personal History Questionnaire, used to obtain past experience with motion sickness in general, a General Information Questionnaire, used to provide supplementary information at the start of a trial, and various administrative forms, used to record important supplemental information during a sea trial, are also described.
Report Number
DREA-93-105 —
Date of publication
01 Sep 1993
Number of Pages
33
DSTKIM No
93-04473
CANDIS No
134917
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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