Age-specific morbidity and mortality rates among U.S. Navy enlisted divers and controls

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Age-specific morbidity and mortality rates among U.S. Navy enlisted divers and controls

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Title: Age-specific morbidity and mortality rates among U.S. Navy enlisted divers and controls
Author: Hoiberg, A; Blood, C
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to compare age-specific hospitalization, disability, and mortality rates for diving-related and stress-induced disorders between U.S. Navy enlisted divers (n = 11,584) and a matched sample of nondiver enlistees (n = 11,517). Divers had significantly higher hospitalization rates than controls for the category of environmentally induced disorders and deflected nasal septum as well as for joint disorders at ages 23-28. Controls had significantly higher hospitalization rates for stress-related disorders (e.g., alcohol and drug abuse and transient situational disturbances) and circulatory diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease). Higher rates of medical and physical evaluation board actions for stress-related disorders were observed among controls than among divers. For both groups, medical board, physical evaluation board, and mortality rates increased with age as did hospitalizations for musculoskeletal diseases, stress-related disorders, and circulatory diseases. Subsequent research will examine the long-term health effects associated with divers job-related accidents as well as hospitalizations for environmentally induced disorders and musculoskeletal conditions. Adolescent Adult Age Factors Diving/*adverse effects Epidemiologic Methods Human Male *Military Personnel Morbidity Mortality Naval Medicine Stress/epidemiology/mortality Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S. United States
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: PMID: 4071846
http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/3021
Date: 1985

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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.
  • Naval Medical Reports and Statistics
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