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