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A survey of the occurrence of motion sickness amongst passengers at sea

A survey of the occurrence of motion sickness amongst passengers at sea
A survey of the occurrence of motion sickness amongst passengers at sea

A questionnaire survey of motion sickness occurrence on board passenger ferries has been conducted. Data were collected from 20,029 passengers on 114 voyages on 9 vessels: 6 ships, 2 hovercraft, and 1 jetfoil. Information was obtained about feelings of illness, the occurrence of vomiting, the taking of anti-seasickness tablets, the consumption of alcoholic drinks, regularity of travel by sea, age, and sex. overall, 7% of passengers reported vomiting at some time during the journey, 21% said they felt 'slightly unwell', 4% felt 'quite ill', and a further 4% felt 'absolutely dreadful'. Both vomiting incidence and illness rating were greater in females than in males, and there was a slight decrease in sickness occurrence with increasing age. The incidence of vomiting was related to the taking of tablets and the drinking of alcohol; there were also some interaction effects with other variables. Anecdotal information from passengers is reported and consideration is given to the effects of environmental variables.

0095-6562
399-406
Lawther, A.
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Griffin, M. J.
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Lawther, A.
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Griffin, M. J.
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Lawther, A. and Griffin, M. J. (1988) A survey of the occurrence of motion sickness amongst passengers at sea. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, 59 (5), 399-406.

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Abstract

A questionnaire survey of motion sickness occurrence on board passenger ferries has been conducted. Data were collected from 20,029 passengers on 114 voyages on 9 vessels: 6 ships, 2 hovercraft, and 1 jetfoil. Information was obtained about feelings of illness, the occurrence of vomiting, the taking of anti-seasickness tablets, the consumption of alcoholic drinks, regularity of travel by sea, age, and sex. overall, 7% of passengers reported vomiting at some time during the journey, 21% said they felt 'slightly unwell', 4% felt 'quite ill', and a further 4% felt 'absolutely dreadful'. Both vomiting incidence and illness rating were greater in females than in males, and there was a slight decrease in sickness occurrence with increasing age. The incidence of vomiting was related to the taking of tablets and the drinking of alcohol; there were also some interaction effects with other variables. Anecdotal information from passengers is reported and consideration is given to the effects of environmental variables.

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Published date: 1988

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Local EPrints ID: 413243
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/413243
ISSN: 0095-6562
PURE UUID: 0ca2b34c-48fe-489b-a949-af161f3b5405
ORCID for M. J. Griffin: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0743-9502

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