Seatbelt use during pregnancy: a comparison of women in two prenatal care settings.

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  • OBJECTIVES: This study examines knowledge of proper automobile restraint use during pregnancy and attitudes toward restraint use. This manuscript, the second in a series, compares knowledge and attitudes in two populations of pregnant women, those receiving prenatal care at several county clinics and those receiving care in a private practice. METHODS: A survey requesting demographic information and frequency and knowledge of proper automobile restraint use was administered during prenatal visits. RESULTS: County clinic patients (n = 450, 70% black) were younger and less educated than private practice patients (n = 203, 75% non-Hispanic white). Fewer county patients (49%) always wore seatbelts prior to the pregnancy than private practice patients (88%). Correct use was reported by fewer county clinic patients (67%) than private practice patients (83%). Few (25-28%) in either setting reported receiving information on seatbelt use. CONCLUSIONS: Despite existing knowledge with respect to the consequences of seatbelt non-use in pregnant women, the proportion of women receiving information about correct seatbelt use during pregnancy appears to be low, regardless of care source.
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  • Adolescent, Adult, Ambulatory Care Facilities, Attitude to Health, Community Health Services, Female, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Oregon, Persuasive Communication, Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, Private Practice, Public Sector, Seat Belts
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    Author List

  • Taylor AJ; McGwin G; Sharp CE; Stone TL; Dyer-Smith J; Bindon MJ; Rue LW
  • Start Page

  • 173
  • End Page

  • 179
  • Volume

  • 9
  • Issue

  • 2