Airsickness desensitisation for the Canadian Forces - A recommendation


  1. Cheung, B.
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Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Airsickness is associated with other forms of motion sickness. It is a common occurence among aircrew trainee; the problem is most acute in the early stages of training. The identification of an alternative to pharmacological treatment of airsickness for individuals regularly exposed to provocative environments while carrying out skilled or potentially hazardous tasks, is an important issue. Airsickness desensitisation has been proposed and employed by various nations as the program of choice for prevention of airsickness during early training. With the newly acquired trainers (Harvard II and the Hawk) in the Canadian Forces (CF), it is important at this time to re-evaluate the CF airsickness desensitisation program at 15 Wing. The purpose of this recommendation is to provide a scientific update on habituation to nauseogenic motion stimuli, to clarify a number of misconceptions and to provide a recommendation on an improved airsickness desensitisation program based on current valid scientific information. A number of vestibular screening tests on oculomotor and postural function that could be achieved with relative ease are proposed as part of the initial assessment for potential pathological predisposition to airsickness. It is also recommended that the current biofeedback and relaxation therapy be deleted. TRUNCATED

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DCIEM-TR-2001-110 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2001
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