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



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



Pediatrics 93(4): 567-569



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.

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PMID: 8134210

DOI: 10.1016/0278-2391(94)90568-1


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