Author Topic: Astronaut Health Survey – Did anything ever happen?  (Read 1514 times)

Offline aurora899

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Remember the JSC Astronaut and Flight Surgeon Survey Report, conducted in the wake of the Lisa Nowak affair?

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/features/astronautreport.html

Medical issues aside, the astronauts noted “a desire to increase the transparency of the crew assignment process” ;D and also suggested that “improvements are needed to the appraisal process with a desire for more constructive performance and developmental feedback that is standardized and regularly provided.”
According to NASA, the final report of the survey was to be used to develop “specific action plans to address any needed changes.” So, does anyone know if anything actually happened? Were action plans and recommendations put in place? Or did senior management make all the right noises at the time and then quietly drop the whole thing?
I suppose the key question is: if this survey was conducted again today, almost exactly two years on, would the results be any better?

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Re: Astronaut Health Survey – Did anything ever happen?
« Reply #1 on: 10/19/2009 04:42 PM »

Medical issues aside, the astronauts noted “a desire to increase the transparency of the crew assignment process” ;D and also suggested that “improvements are needed to the appraisal process with a desire for more constructive performance and developmental feedback that is standardized and regularly provided.”


None of this would be public info.

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Re: Astronaut Health Survey – Did anything ever happen?
« Reply #2 on: 10/19/2009 04:54 PM »

Medical issues aside, the astronauts noted “a desire to increase the transparency of the crew assignment process” ;D and also suggested that “improvements are needed to the appraisal process with a desire for more constructive performance and developmental feedback that is standardized and regularly provided.”


None of this would be public info.

It should be.  How astronauts are selected to fly needs to be aired out in public?  Read the book "Dragon Fly".  The names have changed, but the process is the same.

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Re: Astronaut Health Survey – Did anything ever happen?
« Reply #3 on: 10/19/2009 05:55 PM »

Medical issues aside, the astronauts noted “a desire to increase the transparency of the crew assignment process” ;D and also suggested that “improvements are needed to the appraisal process with a desire for more constructive performance and developmental feedback that is standardized and regularly provided.”


None of this would be public info.

True, but I thought I'd ask the question anyway! Someone might have heard something on the grapevine.
I’m sure we all suspect that little improvement will have been made in making the flight crew assignment process more transparent! The cynic inside me doubts that much will have been done to improve the appraisal process either.
« Last Edit: 10/19/2009 05:57 PM by aurora899 »

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Re: Astronaut Health Survey – Did anything ever happen?
« Reply #4 on: 10/20/2009 12:12 PM »
I think it has become at least slightly more transparent. In a recent interview I had with Rick Sturckow, I asked him how the STS-128 crew came together. According to him, he was called into Lindsey's office and was asked to look at the flight, and recommend the crew size and who should be on the flight. A few weeks later he was called back to review and approve Lindsey's suggestion for a crew.

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Re: Astronaut Health Survey – Did anything ever happen?
« Reply #5 on: 10/20/2009 01:26 PM »

Medical issues aside, the astronauts noted “a desire to increase the transparency of the crew assignment process” ;D and also suggested that “improvements are needed to the appraisal process with a desire for more constructive performance and developmental feedback that is standardized and regularly provided.”


None of this would be public info.

It should be.  How astronauts are selected to fly needs to be aired out in public?  Read the book "Dragon Fly".  The names have changed, but the process is the same.

Danny Deger

Jim's right on this one. The Astronaut Health Survey would probably remain private under the Healthcare Privacy Act. It keeps your health records confidential between you and your Dr. It also keeps your pharmicist from calling out loud: "Mr. DiGennaro, your Viagra prescription is ready!"

However results of the survey could be presented in a general way without using names or other specific identifiers.

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Re: Astronaut Health Survey – Did anything ever happen?
« Reply #6 on: 10/20/2009 01:41 PM »
The astronauts and flight surgeons completed the survey anonymously and the results were published (you can get a copy from the link at the start of this thread). There was even a press conference to discuss the findings.
The question that I'm trying to ask is: was anything actually done to address those issues that the astronauts highlighted? As far as I'm aware there's never been any follow-up press conferences or statements put in the public domain saying, "Yes, we implemented all the recommendations from the survey."
« Last Edit: 10/20/2009 01:47 PM by aurora899 »

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