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.
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