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Article: Factors affecting the likelihood of reporting road crashes resulting in medical treatment to the police

TitleFactors affecting the likelihood of reporting road crashes resulting in medical treatment to the police
Authors
Issue Date2007
PublisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.injuryprevention.com
Citation
Injury Prevention, 2007, v. 13 n. 3, p. 186-189 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: This paper aims to determine the percentage of road crashes resulting in injuries requiring hospital care that are reported to the police and to identify factors associated with reporting such crashes to the police. Design: The data of one of two hospitals in the Road Casualty Information System were matched with the police's Traffic Accident Database System. Factors affecting the police-reporting rate were examined at two levels: the different reporting rates among subgroups examined and tested with χ2 tests; and multiple explanatory factors were scrutinised with a logistic regression model to arrive at the odds ratios to reflect the probability of police-reporting among subgroups. Results: The police-reporting rate was estimated to be 57.5-59.9%. In particular, under-reporting among children (reporting rate = 33.6%) and cyclists (reporting rate = 33.0%) was notable. Discussion: Accurate and reliable road crash data are essential for unveiling the full-scale and nature of the road safety problem. The police crash database needs to be supplemented by other data. In particular, any estimation about the social costs of road crashes must recognise the under-reporting problem. The large number of injuries not reflected in the police crash database represents a major public health issue that should be carefully examined.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57511
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.693
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.594
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dc.contributor.authorLoo, BPYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTsui, KLen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-12T01:38:45Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-12T01:38:45Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInjury Prevention, 2007, v. 13 n. 3, p. 186-189en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1353-8047en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57511-
dc.description.abstractObjective: This paper aims to determine the percentage of road crashes resulting in injuries requiring hospital care that are reported to the police and to identify factors associated with reporting such crashes to the police. Design: The data of one of two hospitals in the Road Casualty Information System were matched with the police's Traffic Accident Database System. Factors affecting the police-reporting rate were examined at two levels: the different reporting rates among subgroups examined and tested with χ2 tests; and multiple explanatory factors were scrutinised with a logistic regression model to arrive at the odds ratios to reflect the probability of police-reporting among subgroups. Results: The police-reporting rate was estimated to be 57.5-59.9%. In particular, under-reporting among children (reporting rate = 33.6%) and cyclists (reporting rate = 33.0%) was notable. Discussion: Accurate and reliable road crash data are essential for unveiling the full-scale and nature of the road safety problem. The police crash database needs to be supplemented by other data. In particular, any estimation about the social costs of road crashes must recognise the under-reporting problem. The large number of injuries not reflected in the police crash database represents a major public health issue that should be carefully examined.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.injuryprevention.comen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofInjury Preventionen_HK
dc.rightsInjury Prevention. Copyright © B M J Publishing Group.en_HK
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subject.meshAccidents, Traffic - mortality - statistics & numerical dataen_HK
dc.subject.meshAutomobile Driving - statistics & numerical dataen_HK
dc.subject.meshAutomobiles - statistics & numerical dataen_HK
dc.subject.meshWounds and Injuries - epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshDatabases, Factualen_HK
dc.titleFactors affecting the likelihood of reporting road crashes resulting in medical treatment to the policeen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1353-8047&volume=13&issue=3&spage=186&epage=189&date=2007&atitle=Factors+affecting+the+likelihood+of+reporting+road+crashes+resulting+in+medical+treatment+to+the+policeen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLoo, BPY:bpyloo@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityLoo, BPY=rp00608en_HK
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/ip.2006.013458en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume13en_HK
dc.identifier.issue3en_HK
dc.identifier.spage186en_HK
dc.identifier.epage189en_HK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000247225000010-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridLoo, BPY=7005145560en_HK
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