A Bibliography of Shift Work Research: 1950-1982
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE
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This bibliography was developed as part of a research task concerning the impact of shift work on employee job satisfaction, productivity, perceived job difficulty, and subjective health. Some selectivity was exercised in the choice of references for inclusion the search covered the years 1950 through 1982 there was an emphasis on human versus animal studies and the focus of the selected article or study had to be on the effects of an actual alteration in sleepwork hours. The latter criterion involved the exclusion of a large number of citations concerning the assessment of circadian effects on physiological responses and performance. However, an included reference by Holly et al 1981 provides a rather extensive bibliography that is more specifically focused on circadian influences on physiological and psychological variables. Since time zone changes during flight are equivalent to rapid shifts in worksleep hours, and since this is an area of interest to the FAA, references on this topic were included. Of the citations, approximately 8 are from the 1950s, 20 from the 1960s, and slightly over half from the 1970s. The most productive year was 1981 nearly 10 of the references, when several books on the shift topic were edited and published. Significant improvements in the quality of the research analyses have been observed over this same time period, with the increased use of multivariate techniques illustrating the highly complex nature of individual responses to alternating work schedules. However, it is also apparent that there has been some duplication of effort and investigators need to be more aware of the available world-wide literature.
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