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J Safety Res. 2009;40(2):121-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2009.02.003. Epub 2009 Mar 31.

Pediatrician attitudes, knowledge, and practice behavior regarding teen driving safety.

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Injury Prevention Center, Trauma Institute, Connecticut Children's Medical Center and Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT 06106, USA.

Abstract

PROBLEM:

Each year about 4,000 teens ages 16-19 die on U.S. roads. Injury prevention counseling is recommended as a valuable and cost-effective part of routine health supervision. This study describes pediatrician knowledge and practice regarding teen driving safety.

METHODS:

A 31-item self-administered survey was mailed to pediatricians.

RESULTS:

160 of 392 pediatricians (41%) completed the survey. During a health supervision visit 93% of pediatricians reported discussing seat belt use, 89% impaired driving, 54% teen licensing laws, and 16% parent teen contract. Half reported having a teen in their practice killed in a crash.

CONCLUSIONS:

A majority surveyed report discussing and counseling teens on first wave teen driver safety issues (seat belts, alcohol use), but most do not discuss graduated driver licensing laws or related issues.

IMPACT ON INDUSTRY:

Broadly adopted, this inexpensive counseling approach, could lead to reductions in teen motorvehicle crash injuries.

PMID:
19433204
DOI:
10.1016/j.jsr.2009.02.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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