Two new shiftwork research international collaborations beginning January 2019

Philip Tucker will be involved in projects that aim to improve the lives and working conditions of shiftworkers. One project examines how nurses cope with short rest intervals between an evening shift and the next day’s morning shift. The other studies the benefits of physical activity during rest breaks at work for shiftworkers who spend long periods sitting down.

Philip Tucker is starting work on two new international research collaborations in January 2019. The first is a study in Sweden looking at how nurses are affected by “quick returns” i.e. short intervals (less than 11 hours) between the end of their evening shifts and the start of their morning shifts the next day. Using a combination of surveys and experimental fieldwork, Dr. Tucker will work alongside researchers from three Swedish universities, examining the nurses’ sleep, cognition, health and job performance. The aim is to determine whether, and under what circumstances, quick returns are compatible with sustainable and healthy work schedules. The second is an Australian study looking at how short rest breaks that involve physical activity may improve the cardiometabolic health of shiftworkers who spend long periods sitting down. Dr. Tucker will be working with researchers from three Australian universities who will be running this laboratory study. Participants will spend a week living in a sleep laboratory, as if they were shiftworkers, while researchers monitor their blood glucose, blood pressure and mental performance. The aim is to is develop health and safety guidance for shiftworker with sedentary jobs.