[abstract] A DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS OF EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS IN A POPULATION OF RECREATIONAL SCUBA DIVERS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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[abstract] A DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS OF EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS IN A POPULATION OF RECREATIONAL SCUBA DIVERS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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Title: [abstract] A DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS OF EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS IN A POPULATION OF RECREATIONAL SCUBA DIVERS IN THE UNITED STATES.
Author: Bond, JG; Dovenbarger, JA; Bong, BG
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: This study determines the prevalence of medical conditions in a representative sample of recreational SCUBA divers. METHODS: One thousand diver health questionnaires were randomly mailed to members of Divers Alert Network (DAN) who subscribe to DAN'S dive accident insurance (n = 29,950). This population of insured SCUBA divers will be monitored for the occurrence of dive related injury or illness. Data collected included questions on current medical illnesses, past medical problems, medications used, smoking and drinking habits, recreational drug use, history of regular exercise, level of physical fitness, and personal diving information. RESULTS: six hundred ninety six questionnaires were voluntarily returned after two mailings. Of the respondents sixty one percent had a past history and eighteen percent had a current history of at least one medical condition. The most common past conditions included allergy, migraine headache, ruptured ear drum, heart murmur, and arthritis. The most common current conditions included ringing of the ears, hypertension, and fear of enclosed spaces. SUMMARY: This study establishes a representative cohort of recreational SCUBA divers where the incidence of dive related injury and illness can be accurately estimated.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Joint Annual Scientific Meeting with the International Congress for Hyperbaric Medicine and the European Undersea Biomedical Society held 11-18 August 1990. Okura Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/7260
Date: 1990

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