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(SDAS) Prenatal Counseling on Seat Belt Use and Its Association with Motor Vehicle Crash-related Hospitalizations

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Project Number: R40 MC 11111-01
Grantee: Research Triangle Institute
Department/Center: RTI International
Project Date: 9/1/2008

Final Report

(SDAS) Prenatal Counseling on Seat Belt Use and Its Association with Motor Vehicle Crash-related Hospitalizations Final Report (PDF) Exit Disclaimer

Principal Investigator

Nedra Whitehead, PhD MS
Senior Genetic Epidemiologist
PO BOX 12194
Durham, NC  27709-2194
Phone: 770-986-5051
Email: nwhitehead@rti.org

Age

  • Maternal
  • Prenatal

Abstract

Purpose Motor vehicle accident related injuries are recognized as a leading cause of death and the leading cause of hospitalized trauma during pregnancy (Weiss 2001). In 1992, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended providers of prenatal care counsel women on seat belt use in pregnancy. Despite this recommendation, there is limited data describing the characteristics of women who receive prenatal counseling on seat belt use and its association with health outcomes. We propose conducting secondary analyses using Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data. There are two research questions we seek to answer: What are the demographic and epidemiological characteristics of women who receive and do not receive prenatal counseling on seat belt use during pregnancy? Among women who report receiving prenatal counseling on seat belt use, does a relationship exists between prenatal care counseling and length of hospitalization as a result of a motor vehicle accident? By assessing the characteristics of women receiving prenatal care counseling, this research will support the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Strategic Research Issue #1, to provide information on public health service systems at the community level as they apply to different maternal and child health populations based on demographic and epidemiological factors. The dissemination of the research findings to practitioners providing prenatal care and public health department staff will support MCHB Strategic Research Issue #4, to promote the healthy development of MCH populations.

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Whitehead NS. Prenatal counseling on seat belt use and crash-related medical care. Matern Child Health J. 2011 Aug 3.

Keywords

Pregnancy, Trauma & Injury, Health Education & Family Support, Safety

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