Teaching grandmothers how to suck eggs. Do shiftworkers need rules or guidelines?

A. Wedderburn

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    Abstract

    Four methods of transforming research into practice are reviewed: (1) summaries by academics for governments; (2) reviews in professional journals for shiftworking populations; (3) guidelines for shiftworkers by shiftwork researchers; and (4) international laws and recommendations. Examples are cited from a selection of these that appear to be in part defective, unbalanced, misleading, biased, idiosyncratic, or ignorant. It is concluded that until more careful controlled evaluations are carried out, experts should be cautious in providing advice to shiftworkers that is not demonstrably better than the advice they get from experienced 'grandmother' shiftworkers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)239-246
    Number of pages8
    JournalErgonomics
    Volume36
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished - 1993

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