Health assessment of commercial drivers: A meta-narrative systematic review

Abd Moain Abu Dabrh, Belal Firwana, Clayton T. Cowl, Lawrence W. Steinkraus, Larry J. Prokop, Mohammad H Murad

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Background: Motor vehicle accidents associated with commercial driving are an important cause of occupational death and impact public safety. Objectives: We summarise the evidence regarding the type, prevalence and impact of medical conditions discovered during health assessment of commercial drivers. Evidence review: We conducted a systematic review of multiple electronic databases and made a manual search for relevant studies that enrolled commercial drivers in any country and reported the outcomes of health assessment carried out in the context of commercial driving through November 2012. Data were extracted by a pair of independent reviewers and synthesised using a metanarrative approach. Results: We identified 32 studies of moderate methodological quality enrolling 151 644 commercial drivers (98% men). The prevalence of multiple health conditions was high (sleep disorders 19%, diabetes 33%, hypertension 23% and obesity 45%). Some conditions, such as sleep disorders and obesity, were linked to increased risk of crashes. Evidence on several other highly relevant medical conditions was lacking. Cost-effectiveness data were sparse. Conclusions: Several medical conditions are highly prevalent in commercial drivers and can be associated with increased risk of crashes, thus providing a rationale for health assessment of commercial drivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere003434
JournalBMJ Open
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Health
Obesity
Motor Vehicles
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Accidents
Cause of Death
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Databases
Hypertension
Safety
Sleep Wake Disorders

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Health assessment of commercial drivers : A meta-narrative systematic review. / Abu Dabrh, Abd Moain; Firwana, Belal; Cowl, Clayton T.; Steinkraus, Lawrence W.; Prokop, Larry J.; Murad, Mohammad H.

In: BMJ Open, Vol. 4, No. 3, e003434, 2014.

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Abu Dabrh, Abd Moain ; Firwana, Belal ; Cowl, Clayton T. ; Steinkraus, Lawrence W. ; Prokop, Larry J. ; Murad, Mohammad H. / Health assessment of commercial drivers : A meta-narrative systematic review. In: BMJ Open. 2014 ; Vol. 4, No. 3.
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