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Preventing Road Accidents with AESLEME’s ‘It Can Happen to You’ programme. Assessment of Increased Knowledge one Month after a Presentation

Version 1 : Received: 8 March 2021 / Approved: 9 March 2021 / Online: 9 March 2021 (09:54:27 CET)

How to cite: Cogollos-Paja, M.; Garcia-Reneses, J.A.; Herruzo-Cabrera, R. Preventing Road Accidents with AESLEME’s ‘It Can Happen to You’ programme. Assessment of Increased Knowledge one Month after a Presentation. Preprints 2021, 2021030252 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0252.v1). Cogollos-Paja, M.; Garcia-Reneses, J.A.; Herruzo-Cabrera, R. Preventing Road Accidents with AESLEME’s ‘It Can Happen to You’ programme. Assessment of Increased Knowledge one Month after a Presentation. Preprints 2021, 2021030252 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0252.v1).

Abstract

Introduction: Road traffic accidents are a real pandemic and incur expenses amounting to 1-2% of every country’s GDP. AESLEME (Association for the Study of Spinal Cord Injuries) – devoted to teaching road safety and health to prevent road accidents – has celebrated its 30th anniversary. AESLEME’s instructors are health workers and people with spinal cord injuries caused by road accidents: their presentations – teaching road safety and sharing information on irreversible injuries – are enhanced by personal stories that help schoolchildren to acquire knowledge on this matter. However, until now, we had not assessed how far this acquisition of knowledge had reached. Methods used: Two multiple-choice tests were given to each of the 8,106 students (12-14 years) who took part. Of the four possible answers, only one of them was correct. The first multiple-choice test was taken before the presentation and the second was taken one month later. Results: After assessing the answers, there was a change in the tendency of the number of correct answers before/after answers for the multiple-choice test, and the number of correct one´s rose one month after the presentation. This increase is statistically significant (p<0.01) and represents a national increase of 61% in the number of correct answers, although this varies from 8% to 278% depending on the region. Conclusions: The assessment, involving over 8,000 people, showed that there has been an improvement in road safety knowledge thanks to education provided by AESLEME’s instructors, and a statistically significant increase was obtained throughout Spain, with an average of 61% (confidence level 95: 53% and 64%).

Keywords

prevention; road-traffic-accidents; education-health; schoolchildren; change-attitude

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