The broad, long-term objectives of this proposal are to better understand the role of alcohol in aviation and motor carrier accidents and to improve transportation safety.
The specific aims are: (1) to determine the point prevalence rates of alcohol violations among safety-sensitive employees in aviation and motor carriers; (2) to quantify the relative risks of aviation and motor carrier accidents associated with alcohol violations; (3) to examine the deterrent effects of mandatory alcohol testing programs on alcohol violations in aviation employees and commercial truck drivers; and (4) to evaluate the effectiveness of mandatory alcohol testing programs in reducing aviation and motor carrier accidents. The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 mandates that employees with safety- sensitive functions be tested for alcohol under a variety of circumstances. Mandatory alcohol testing programs such as random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, and post-accident testing have been implemented in the aviation and motor carrier industries since 1995 but have not been rigorously evaluated. This application is a competing continuation to an R01 grant on alcohol and general aviation (i.e., noncommercial flights). In the parent project, the investigators followed a cohort of 335,672 general aviation pilots for seven years and found that driving-while-intoxicated history is a valid risk marker for flight safety and that alcohol plays a particularly important role in crashes involving flight under visual flight rules into instrument meteorological conditions. In the proposed project, the investigators will address the specific aims through a series of case-control studies and time series analyses using alcohol testing data (for the years 1995-2007) and accident and exposure data (for the years 1983-2007) from a variety of surveillance systems maintained by federal agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The proposed project will help address several national health objectives pertaining to alcohol abuse, injury control, occupational safety, and intervention effectiveness research, as stated in Healthy People 2010. Findings from the proposed research could provide much-needed scientific evidence for informing important policy decisions relevant to transportation safety and protection of the traveling public. ? ? ? ?
|Hua, May S; Li, Guohua; Blinderman, Craig D et al. (2014) Estimates of the need for palliative care consultation across united states intensive care units using a trigger-based model. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 189:428-36|
|Sobol, Julia B; Gershengorn, Hayley B; Wunsch, Hannah et al. (2013) The surgical Apgar score is strongly associated with intensive care unit admission after high-risk intraabdominal surgery. Anesth Analg 117:438-46|
|Brady, Joanne E; Li, Guohua (2013) Prevalence of alcohol and other drugs in fatally injured drivers. Addiction 108:104-14|
|Baker, Susan P; Li, Guohua (2012) Epidemiologic approaches to injury and violence. Epidemiol Rev 34:1-3|
|Li, Mu-Chen; Brady, Joanne E; DiMaggio, Charles J et al. (2012) Marijuana use and motor vehicle crashes. Epidemiol Rev 34:65-72|
|Hua, May; Brady, Joanne; Li, Guohua (2012) The epidemiology of upper airway injury in patients undergoing major surgical procedures. Anesth Analg 114:148-51|
|Hua, May; Brady, Joanne E; Li, Guohua (2012) A scoring system to predict unplanned intubation in patients having undergone major surgical procedures. Anesth Analg 115:88-94|
|Keyes, Katherine M; Schulenberg, John E; O'Malley, Patrick M et al. (2012) Birth cohort effects on adolescent alcohol use: the influence of social norms from 1976 to 2007. Arch Gen Psychiatry 69:1304-13|
|DiMaggio, Charles; Sun, Lena S; Li, Guohua (2011) Early childhood exposure to anesthesia and risk of developmental and behavioral disorders in a sibling birth cohort. Anesth Analg 113:1143-51|
|Rebok, George W; Qiang, Yandong; Baker, Susan P et al. (2011) Pilot age and geographic region of commuter and air taxi crashes: a case-control study. Aviat Space Environ Med 82:111-5|
Showing the most recent 10 out of 45 publications