Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a common sleep disorder, can cause perilous levels of fatigue that impact commercial drivers who operate vehicles such as tow trucks, tractor trailers, and buses. In this study, we explored this population for its awareness of obstructive sleep apnea, the risk factors, and its impact on health for all. We conducted a qualitative study using 33 semi-structured in-depth interview questions with 12 male commercial truck drivers ages 28 to 44 years old, who were Florida residents. Participants had basic knowledge of OSA, minimal awareness of the underlying risk factors that impact their overall health, and of OSA treatment. There was awareness of the effect of OSA on sleep partners of study participants. All participants felt it was important for truck drivers to receive routine OSA screening, even among those who expressed concern about having results negatively impact their occupational status. Consistent policies of trucking companies, which ensure trucker involvement and maintenance of the necessary preventive behaviors, are necessary. Further, truck drivers and their families should receive direct and consistent support of health conditions that have a direct effect on the driver’s health and the industry’s future.
Green, Felicia N.; López, Ivette A.; and Simmons, Mary
"Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disparity among Truck Drivers: Danger on American Roads,"
Florida Public Health Review: Vol. 15, Article 8.
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