Wearable Sensors and Their Metrics for Measuring Comprehensive Occupational Fatigue: A Scoping Review Conference Paper uri icon


  • Extensive research has been conducted to study the effects of physical and sleep related fatigue on occupational health and safety. However, fatigue is a complex multidimensional construct, that is task- and occupation-dependent, and our knowledge on how to measure this complex construct is limited. A scoping review was conducted to: 1) review sensors and their metrics currently employed in occupational fatigue studies, 2) identify overlap between sensors and associated metrics that can be leveraged to assess comprehensive fatigue, 3) investigating the effectiveness of the sensors/metrics, and 4) recommended potential sensor/metric combinations to evaluate comprehensive fatigue. 512 unique abstracts were identified through Ovid-MEDLINE, MEDLINE, Embase and Cinal databases and application of the inclusion/exclusion criteria resulted in 27 articles that were included for the review. Heart rate sensors and actigraphs were identified to be the most suitable devices to study comprehensive fatigue. Heart rate trend within the heart rate sensor, and sleep length and sleep efficiency within actigraphs were found to be the most popular and reliable metrics for measuring occupational fatigue.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhu, Y., Jankay, R. R., Pieratt, L. C., & Mehta, R. K.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Zhu, Yibo||Jankay, Rasik R||Pieratt, Laura C||Mehta, Ranjana K

publication date

  • September 2017