Multi-Modal Assessment and Treatment of Airsickness,
AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO
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Airsickness is a disruptive phenomenon in military flight training and operational settings. Despite its occurrence, several studies have demonstrated efficacy in treating this syndrome. Although generally successful, these treatment strategies appear to be guided by their presumed effectiveness rather than a theoretical rationale. In support of these varied treatments, a multi-modal conceptual model is proposed. This model attempts to integrate those factors bearing on the etiology of airsickness, and, based on a careful assessment, directs and explains the treatment emphasis. Airsickness has been and continues to be a deleterious facet of military flying. The overall incidence of airsickness, however, has been difficult to precisely ascertain, and seems to vary according to the type of setting and nature of the survey. Nonetheless, in military flight training airsickness has been reported at rates as low as 10 and as high as 75 Giles and Lockridge, 1985 Jones, Levy, Gardner, Marsh, and Patterson, 1985 OHare and Roscoe, 1990.
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