Patrol officers wanted for study on fatigue management

A CDC NIOSH and WSU-backed study is seeking officers for research focused on improving LEO safety, health and wellness through fatigue management


By Nancy Perry

Researchers from CDC NIOSH and Washington State University (WSU) are recruiting patrol officers to participate in a 12-week research study on fatigue management.

These are the criteria for participating in the pilot study:

  • Patrol police officer working full time (no alternate assignment because of injury, illness, or other reasons)
  • Working fixed night shift including the hours of midnight to 6 a.m. (no rotating work schedules)
  • Not pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the 12 weeks of the study
  • No travel across three or more time zones in the previous 3 months or plans for travel across three or more time zones during the 12-week study period
  • New patrol police officers in their first field experience after graduating from the police academy who have worked less than 1 year as a police officer
  • Experienced patrol officers who have worked 2 to 10 years as a police officer.

Participants will be asked to complete an online survey about their work experience, sleep patterns, sleepiness levels, and knowledge about sleep and work schedules. This survey will take about 10 minutes.  Then participants will wear a wrist actigraph (about the size of a wristwatch) to monitor sleep and movement for 28 consecutive days.

During the 28 days, participants will complete an online sleep diary at the beginning and end of each day and about 14 days into the study, will complete an online training module about sleep, managing fatigue and coping with shift work.

The study will not collect data during weeks 5 to 10 of the study.

During weeks 11 and 12 of the study, participants will wear a wrist actigraph and fill out a sleep diary for 14 days. At the end of the 14 days, participants will fill out an online survey that includes sleep patterns and sleepiness levels.

Responses and data will be fully confidential. There will be several benefits from participating in the study, including a $20 gift card and training on how to improve sleep and reduce your fatigue.

To learn more about the study, email Dr. Claire Caruso, who is a research scientist and leading the study, at policestudy@cdc.gov. Requests for information are due by August 3, 2020.

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