Community-based programmes to promote use of bicycle helmets in children aged 0 - 14 years: a systematic review

Spinks, Anneliese, Turner, Cathy, McClure, Rod, Acton, Caroline and Nixon, Jim (2005) Community-based programmes to promote use of bicycle helmets in children aged 0 - 14 years: a systematic review. Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 12 3: 131-142.


Author Spinks, Anneliese
Turner, Cathy
McClure, Rod
Acton, Caroline
Nixon, Jim
Title Community-based programmes to promote use of bicycle helmets in children aged 0 - 14 years: a systematic review
Journal name Injury Control and Safety Promotion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1745-7319
1745-7300
Publication date 2005-09
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/1566097042000265764
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 131
End page 142
Total pages 12
Place of publication London
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 321210 Community Child Health
321200 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Hospital-based research has shown that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury in bicycle riders. These studies have provided the impetus for community-wide interventions to increase the numbers of cyclists who wear helmets; however, the effectiveness of such programmes is undetermined. This study employs extensive search strategies to review the scientific literature to establish the effectiveness of community-wide programmes to increase helmet use among cyclists. Thirteen community-wide intervention studies using substantive methodologies were located in 16 published papers. The community-wide interventions include mandating helmet wearing, education campaigns, distribution of free or subsidized helmets or, more frequently, combinations of all of these methods of influence. All studies reported success in influencing helmet wearing across communities. However, none of the studies reveals enough detail of the mix or techniques employed in the interventions to replicate the interventions. While it is encouraging that all of the studies showed positive results, the way forward for further implementation of helmet wearing is for adequate documentation of successful interventions.
Keyword Children
Bicycle
Community
Helmet
Evidence-based medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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