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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(10), 1122; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14101122

Are mHealth Interventions to Improve Child Restraint System Installation of Value? A Mixed Methods Study of Parents

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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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National Clinician Scholars, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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Creative Art Therapies and Counseling, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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Safekids Worldwide, Washington, DC 20037, USA
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Received: 2 August 2017 / Revised: 19 September 2017 / Accepted: 21 September 2017 / Published: 26 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Child Injury Prevention 2017)
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Childhood death from vehicle crashes and the delivery of information about proper child restraint systems (CRS) use continues to be a critical public health issue. Safe Seat, a sequential, mixed-methods study identified gaps in parental knowledge about and perceived challenges in the use of appropriate CRS and insights into the preferences of various technological approaches to deliver CRS education. Focus groups (eight groups with 21 participants) and a quantitative national survey (N = 1251) using MTurk were conducted. Although there were differences in the age, racial/ethnic background, and educational level between the focus group participants and the national sample, there was a great deal of consistency in the need for more timely and personalized information about CRS. The majority of parents did not utilize car seat check professionals although they expressed interest in and lack of knowledge about how to access these resources. Although there was some interest in an app that would be personalized and able to push just-in-time content (e.g., new guidelines, location and times of car seat checks), content that has sporadic relevance (e.g., initial installation) seemed more appropriate for a website. Stakeholder input is critical to guide the development and delivery of acceptable and useful child safety education. View Full-Text
Keywords: child restraint systems; child safety education; mobile health; web-based interventions; stakeholder engagement child restraint systems; child safety education; mobile health; web-based interventions; stakeholder engagement
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Fleisher, L.; Erkoboni, D.; Halkyard, K.; Sykes, E.; Norris, M.S.; Walker, L.; Winston, F. Are mHealth Interventions to Improve Child Restraint System Installation of Value? A Mixed Methods Study of Parents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1122.

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