Journal article

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Health-Related Factors, and Long Distance Heavy Vehicle Crashes in Western Australia: A Case Control Study

Lynn Meuleners, Michelle L Fraser, Matthew H Govorko, Mark R Stevenson

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SLEEP MEDICINE | AMER ACAD SLEEP MEDICINE | Published : 2015

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVES: To determine the association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), health-related factors and the likelihood of heavy vehicle crashes in Western Australia (WA). METHODS: This case-control study included 100 long-haul heavy vehicle drivers who were involved in a police-reported crash in WA during the study period (cases) and 100 long-haul heavy vehicle drivers recruited from WA truck stops, who were not involved in a crash during the past year (controls). Driver demographics, health, and fatigue-related characteristics were obtained using an interviewer administered questionnaire. Drivers were tested for OSA using a diagnostic Flow Wizard. Logistic regression was used to de..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage grant


Funding Acknowledgements

This was not an industry supported study. This work was supported by Australian Research Council Linkage grant [LP 0776308]. This study was performed through the Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre, Curtin University, Western Australia and the Monash University Accident Research Centre, Monash University, Victoria, Australia. The authors have indicated no financial conflicts of interest.