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Title: Fatigue and Sleep in Airline Cabin Crew: A Scoping Review.
Austin Authors: Wen, Candice C Y;Cherian, Darsh;Schenker, Maya T;Jordan, Amy S 
Affiliation: John Trinder Sleep Laboratory, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia.
Institute for Breathing and Sleep
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2023 2023
Publication information: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2023; 20(3): 2652
Abstract: Airline cabin crew operate in dynamic work environments that are continuously changing, from unpredictable shift work hours to travelling through multiple time zones. These likely impact cabin crews' overall health and may affect their performance on safety-related tasks. Research on this population has been limited; therefore, the aim was to summarise the relevant literature regarding fatigue, sleepiness and mental health of cabin crew. This review followed the PRISMA-ScR guidelines and conducted a systematic search utilising five databases. The initial search identified 1223 studies, and through vigorous screening processes, 27 studies were selected for this review. Over half of the selected studies focused on international or long-haul flights, and a large proportion of the sample participants were women. Findings suggested a high prevalence of fatigue and sleepiness as well as unsatisfactory sleep quality with elevated susceptibility to sleep disorders. Factors identified with health outcomes were associated with flight operations (e.g., rosters) and individual differences (e.g., age and coping strategies). Regarding mental health, cabin crews are potentially at a greater risk for depression and anxiety compared to the general public. This review draws attention to the importance of using a standardised approach, such as validated measures for fair and consistent inferences.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph20032652
ORCID: 0000-0003-0451-4394
Journal: International journal of environmental research and public health
PubMed URL: 36768014
ISSN: 1660-4601
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: airline
flight attendant
mental health
shift work
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