Navigation Links
Driven to distraction
Date:4/29/2012

BOSTON It's well-known that using a cell phone while driving can lead to motor vehicle crashes. New research to be presented Sunday, April 29, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston shows that even anticipating calls or messages may distract drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jennifer M. Whitehill, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Washington, and her colleagues sought to determine whether compulsive cell phone use is associated with motor vehicle crashes. They enlisted undergraduate students to complete the Cell Phone Overuse Scale (CPOS), a 24-item instrument that assesses four aspects of problematic cell phone use: 1) frequent anticipation of calls/messages, 2) interference with normal activities (e.g., impacting friends/family), 3) a strong emotional reaction to the cell phone and 4) recognizing problem use.

The 384 students also took an online anonymous survey that included questions about driving history, prior crashes while operating a vehicle, and items assessing risk behaviors and psychological profile.

"Young drivers continue to use cell phones in the car, despite the known risk of crash. We were interested to explore how cell phone use contributes to distracted driving and to begin to understand the relationship between the driver and the phone," said senior author Beth E. Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH, FAAP, director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and associate professor of pediatrics at University of Washington.

Results showed that for each 1 point increase on the CPOS, there was an approximately 1 percent increase in the number of previous motor vehicle crashes. Of the four dimensions of compulsive cell phone use, a higher level of call anticipation was significantly associated with prior crashes.

"We know it is important to prevent young drivers from taking their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road to use a cell phone," Dr. Whitehill said. "This study suggests that thinking about future cell phone calls and messages may be an additional source of distraction that could contribute to crashes."


'/>"/>
Contact: Debbie Jacobson
djacobson@aap.org
847-434-7084
American Academy of Pediatrics
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Genetic sequencing could help match patients with biomarker-driven cancer trials, treatments
2. Nursing home hospitalizations often driven by payer status
3. Sexting driven by peer pressure
4. Protocol-driven heart attack care proves effective and contagious
5. Biomarker-driven science at the heart of new ACRIN-ECOG structure
6. New Book, "Driven by Destiny" by Dr. LaVerne Adams, Foreword by Rick Warren Reveals 12 Secret Keys to Transform the Future
7. St. Croix Systems Achieves Record First Half Bookings and Revenues in 2010, Driven by Demand for Innovative Patient Support Services Applications
8. Nature's Aide Vitamins, Inc. Announces a New Science Driven Osteo-Guard Vitamin Formula Designed to Quickly and Safely Halt Bone Deterioration
9. Singlebrook Technology to Create Free Custom iPhone App for Social or Sustainable Mission-Driven Organization
10. HealthcareSource Announces New Client Wins: Strong Sales Momentum Driven by Regional and Large Health Systems
11. Teen Drivers Friends Can Be Dangerous Distraction, Studies Find
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... ... Delaware farmer Rick Dickerson attended the 2017 Soybean Leadership College ... a thousand acres of soybeans, corn and wheat, and raises peas, sweet corn, baby ... for the fresh market. He also operates a roadside stand and raises broilers for ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... USA; SAN JOSE, Calif, USA; and SHANGHAI, China – , ... ... (PRWEB) January 18, 2017 -- Global public health organization NSF ... arsenic V (pentavalent arsenic) to NSF/ANSI 53: Drinking Water Treatment ... water treatment units. This certification verifies that MicroCeramics’ NanoNose Pitcher ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... PrideStaff, a national, ... of Franchise Development, Paula Turner Pizarro, was recently featured on Fox Business Network's ... insights of top business leaders from across the globe, provides viewers an opportunity ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) , ... January 18, 2017 , ... ... services in family, cosmetic and implants dentistry. His modern dental practice has two convenient ... Qureshi as a 2017 Top Rated Dentist for the Alexandria area. This ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... Rollerblade®, ... Brake Technology (ABT), an innovative braking system that allows skaters of all levels ... one of the biggest concerns of beginner and intermediate skaters – learning how ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... SHANGHAI , Jan. 18, 2017 In ... of revolution, which is where the Upgrade of ... year of the 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social ... (the 13th Five-Year Plan), and the state council of ... the "13th Five-Year" national strategic emerging industry development plan, identifying ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... , January 18, 2017 Ximbio, ... to share research resources, has opened its first North American ... ... marks an expansion for Ximbio following its launch in October ... Research Technology (CRT), the commercialization arm of the foundation Cancer ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... Authority Chinese Food and Drug Administration CSL ... Institute Food and Drug Administration FORT ... Glaxo Smith Klein GlaxoWellcome Global Influenza ... Immune Targeting Systems Indian Association of ... Johnson & Johnson Krka Pharmaceuticals Medicago ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: