The Seattle children's bicycle helmet campaign: Changes in helmet use and head injury admissions

F. P. Rivara, D. C. Thompson, R. S. Thompson, L. W. Rogers, B. Alexander, D. Felix, A. B. Bergman

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Abstract

Objective. To describe the impact of a community bicycle helmet campaign on helmet use and the incidence of bicycle-related head injuries. Setting. Metropolitan community and a large health maintenance organization. Interventions. Communitywide bicycle helmet campaign. Outcomes. Rate of observed bicycle helmet use in the community and incidence of bicycle- related injuries in an health maintenance organization population. Results. Helmet use among school-aged children increased from 5.5% in 1987 to 40.2% in 1992. Bicycle-related head injuries decreased by 66.6% in 5- to 9-year-old and 67.6% in 10- to 14-year-old members of an health maintenance organization. Conclusions. Educational campaigns can increase helmet use and decrease the incidence of bicycle-related head injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-569
Number of pages3
JournalPediatrics
Volume93
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

Keywords

  • bicycle helmet
  • bicycle-related head injury
  • educational campaign

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