Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

FEBRERO 2013 N° 1 Volumen 16

Highway safety-related knowledge among pregnant women

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Menéndez Robledo E, Pereiro Bangueses A, López Videla C, Menéndez Robledo A, Deza Moldes J. Conocimientos sobre seguridad vial en mujeres embarazadas. Metas de Enferm feb 2013; 16(1): 8-14


1Elena Menéndez Robledo, 2Ángeles Pereiro Bangueses, 3Carmen López Videla, 4Alejandra Menéndez Robledo, 5Jaime Deza Moldes


1Enfermera y Psicóloga. Matrona del Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo.2Matrona en los Centro de Salud de Val Miñor-Santa María de Oia (Vigo).3Matrona en los Centros de Salud de Teis-Lavadores de Vigo.4Socióloga. Técnica en investigación social.5Ginecólogo. Adjunto de ginecología en el Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo.

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Elena Menéndez Robledo. C/ Paraguay, 5-1º F. 36204 Vigo (Pontevedra).

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Purpose: Ascertain the degree of knowledge pregnant women have concerning highway safety and their source of this information.
Material and methods: Descriptive, cross-sectional study on a sample comprised of 297 pregnant women from three Primary Care centers in south Pontevedra. Data was collected by way of a self-administered, 12-item questionnaire. The data was analyzed using the PASW 18 software package.
Results: A total of 78.1% of the pregnant women surveyed reported having­ been furnished with highway safety-related information. A total of 51.9% showed themselves to have a rudimentary knowledge of the basics of highway safety, while 33.7% showed themselves to be perfectly well-informed. Only 10% had been provided with this information by healthcare personnel. The seatbelt and airbag-related questions were those answered correctly by the largest number, while the questions on putting child restraint systems into place rendered the highest percentage­ of incorrect answers.
Conclusions: The pregnant women studied showed themselves to be quite well-informed. Their sources of this information were “unofficial”, being family members and friends. Healthcare personnel contributed to only a very small degree to this knowledge. The youngest women, those going through their first pregnancy, possessing only an elementary school education and those living in rural areas showing the greatest highway safety-related information deficits.


descriptive study; gynecology; highway safety; midwife; miscarriages; obstetrics; pregnant women; Primary Care; seatbelttraffic accident

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Conocimientos sobre seguridad vial en mujeres embarazadas