Physiological and psychological burden of workers by satellite navigation labor management

Emi Yuda, Junichiro Hayano, Yutaka Yoshida, Kazuo Mizuno

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Abstract

Labor management based on satellite navigation systems such as Global Positioning System (GPS) have become popular. To investigate the stress caused by GPS labor management system, we studied its physiological and psychological impacts of the use of management system in nursing home workers. In 10 healthy labors, ambulatory ECG with 3-axis accelerograms were recorded during working hours on 4 days with similar work schedules; GPS system was used on 2 days (GPS+) and not used on the other 2 days (GPS−). Anxiety was assessed by State-Trait Anxiety Inventory performed on the second days of GPS+ and GPS−. While the use of GPS labor management system caused no difference in physical activity or anxiety scores, it decreased heart rate and increased parasympathetic indices of heart rate variability during both acting and resting periods. While classical fight-or-flight type stress response is accompanied by sympathetic activation and parasympathetic withdrawal, inescapable stress situations cause a sustained alert response, which is accompanied by parasympathetic activation and bradycardia. The autonomic responses observed under GPS system may be consistent with those with the sustained alert response.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 3rd International Conference on Biomedical Signal and Image Processing, ICBIP 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages12-16
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450364362
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 22
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Biomedical Signal and Image Processing, ICBIP 2018 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2018 Aug 222018 Aug 24

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Biomedical Signal and Image Processing, ICBIP 2018
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period18/8/2218/8/24

Keywords

  • Actigraphy
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Global positioning system
  • Heart rate variability
  • Labor management
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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