Home Print this page Email this page Small font size Default font size Increase font size
Users Online: 620
Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
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
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_195_18

Rights and Permissions

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.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded81    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal