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Am J Public Health. 2000 May;90(5):793-6.

The effect of the Taiwan motorcycle helmet use law on head injuries.

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  • 1Taipei Municipal Wan-Fang Hospital, Taiwan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study evaluated the effect of the motorcycle helmet law implemented in Taiwan on June 1, 1997.

METHODS:

Collecting data on 8795 cases of motorcycle-related head injuries from 56 major Taiwanese hospitals, we compared the situation 1 year before and after implementation of the helmet law.

RESULTS:

After implementation of the law, the number of motorcycle-related head injuries decreased by 33%, from 5260 to 3535. Decreases in length of hospital stay and in severity of injury and better outcome were also seen. The likelihood ratio chi 2 test showed that severity decreased after the law's implementation (P < .001). Full helmets were found to be safer than half-shell helmets.

CONCLUSION:

The helmet law effectively decreased the mortality and morbidity from motorcycle-related head injuries.

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