Health risks among submarine personnel in the U.S. Navy, 1974-1979

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Health risks among submarine personnel in the U.S. Navy, 1974-1979

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Title: Health risks among submarine personnel in the U.S. Navy, 1974-1979
Author: Burr, RG; Palinkas, LA
Abstract: This study evaluated health risks associated with U.S. Navy submarine duty by comparing hospitalization rates of submariners with surface ship personnel. The groups were compared using age-adjusted hospitalization rates for 16 major diagnostic categories and several specific diagnoses postulated to be submarine associated. Submarine personnel did not have significantly higher hospitalization rates for any diagnostic categories nor for any of the submarine-associated illnesses. Submariner relative risk of hospital admissions was greater for a few selected diagnoses but statistical significance was not attained. Submarine personnel had lower hospitalization rates for nearly all of the diagnostic categories examined. Reasons for these lower rates may be stringent screening of submariners, higher levels of education among submariners, difficulty of evacuation from a submarine, and the healthy-worker effect. The health status of U.S. Navy personnel does not seem to be adversely affected by submarine duty.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: PMID: 3686743
http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/2446
Date: 1987

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  • Undersea Biomedical Research Journal
    The Undersea Baromedical Research journal was published by the Undersea Medical Society, Inc. (now the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society) quarterly from 1974 to 1992 when the name changed to the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal.

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