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Main arrow Archive of previous Issues arrow ¹5 2012 (27) arrow Medico-social risks connected with the desynchronization of the administrative and astronomic time in public opinion of the population of Russian regions
Medico-social risks connected with the desynchronization of the administrative and astronomic time in public opinion of the population of Russian regions Print
Tuesday, 11 December 2012

V.B. Alekseev1, N.A. Lebedeva-Nesevrya1, A.O. Barg1, O.Y. Dugina1, V.K. Gasnikov2
- Federal Scientific Centre for Medical and Preventive Health Risk Management Technologies, Perm
2- Izhevsk state medical academy, Izhevsk

Summary. Perception by the population of Russia in certain regions as concerns the impact upon health of the situation with the discrepancy of hour pointing between decreed and solar timing was analyzed in this study. This discrepancy in Russia has arisen with the process of reduction of time zones and decreed retention of “summer time” for the “winter period”. The population of every of the existing 9 time zones was poll-screened, it was done, first of all, in regions already transferred to one or another new time zone, as well as in those considering this possibility.

The results of this poll-screening showed mostly negative attitudes towards this reduction of time zones paralleled by approximation to Moscow time pointing. The respondents pointed out two main drawbacks of this time zones innovative project, namely: the relative diminishment of light day in the contents of daily activity, and subsequent deterioration of the population health status. Interestingly enough, those regions with transition to new time zoning not yet introduced showed the most negative evaluation of impact of this transition on people’s health.

Analysis of the poll responses revealed that the majority of the population of Russia has been facing deterioration of health as the effect of regular transition from “winter” to “summer” time and vice versa. In this respect, the respondents pointed out sleeping disturbances, irritable condition, state of fatigue, and lack of industry with dubious labour capacity.

This study revealed very weak constructive impulse in the opinions of the population as to the practical ways of attenuating the negative effect of resynchronization on health status.

This study recommends introduction in social life of active informing measures to spell out to the population potential negative impacts of these time discrepancies upon their health, as well as the practical ways of its self-compensating.

Keywords. Time zones, discrepancy between decreed and solar time, perception by population of health risks.



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