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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1476-1480

Involving parents in road safety decision making: Keeping our children safe


1 Department of Pediatrics, Section of Academic General Pediatrics, Sidra Medicine; Department of Pediatrics, Hamad General Corporation; Department of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill- Cornell Medicine, Doha, Qatar
2 Pediatric Residency Program, Hamad General Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohamed A Hendaus
Department of Pediatrics, Sidra Medicine, Doha - 26999
Qatar
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_195_18

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Purpose: The purpose of the study was to delineate parental concept of road safety in the state of Qatar, integrate parental thoughts and ideas into public safety, and share our data with authorities to assist in implementing campaigns against speeding in a country with a high rate of motor vehicle accidents. Methods: A cross-sectional prospective study was conducted at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the only tertiary care and academic hospital in the state of Qatar. Parents of children younger than 18 years of age and residents of the State of Qatar were offered an interview survey. Results: A total of 200 questionnaires were completed (response rate = 98%). Approximately 80% of parents were in between 20 and 40 years of age, and 61% of them were females. Almost 40% of participating families reside outside of the city of Doha. Interestingly, only 1 in 2 parents thought their children were safe while riding with them in the car. Moreover, only 47% of parents always used car seats, seatbelts, and proper restraints. This is inspite that nearly 82% of parents felt that these restraints protect children in case of an accident. Parents were also asked of the best place to receive information regarding road safety. Almost 50% preferred to receive the information through social media, whereas 44.3% opted for local television. Role modeling was also assessed and it showed that 85% of parents believed that the most effective way in teaching children and young people to use roads in a safe way is to always provide a positive role model when using the roads. Conclusion: A large proportion of residents in the state of Qatar perceive that children are not safe while commuting in roads. Social media, a space where most of our community inhabit, seems to be the best setting to target our people.


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