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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(7), 658; doi:10.3390/ijerph13070658

Challenges in the Accurate Surveillance of Booster Seat and Bicycle Helmet Usage by Children: Lessons from the Field

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Department of Sociology, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9, Canada
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Injury Prevention and Child Public Health Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1S1, Canada
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Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1S1, Canada
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Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada
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Academic Editors: Ian Pike and Alison Macpherson
Received: 10 March 2016 / Revised: 19 April 2016 / Accepted: 25 April 2016 / Published: 7 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Child Injury Prevention 2015)
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Abstract

Motor vehicle collisions and bicycle collisions and falls are a leading cause of death by preventable injury for children. In order to design, implement and evaluate campaigns and programs aimed at improving child safety, accurate surveillance is needed. This paper examined the challenges that confront efforts to collect surveillance data relevant to child traffic safety, including observation, interview, and focus group methods. Strategies to address key challenges in order to improve the efficiency and accuracy of surveillance methods were recommended. The potential for new technology to enhance existing surveillance methods was also explored. View Full-Text
Keywords: child safety; traffic injuries; surveillance; data collection; booster seats; bicycle helmets child safety; traffic injuries; surveillance; data collection; booster seats; bicycle helmets
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Pankratz, C.; Warda, L.; Piotrowski, C. Challenges in the Accurate Surveillance of Booster Seat and Bicycle Helmet Usage by Children: Lessons from the Field. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 658.

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