This is what happened: a narrative analysis of what was happening immediately prior to and during road crashes

Blackman, R., O'Connor, T., and Veitch, C. (2006) This is what happened: a narrative analysis of what was happening immediately prior to and during road crashes. In: Papers from Australasian Road Safety Research Policing and Education Conference 2006. pp. 1-10. From: Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 25-27 October 2006, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia.

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People living in rural and remote regions of Australia are significantly over-represented in road transport-related fatality and injury figures. Multiple factors combine to produce a disproportionately high risk for rural road users. Patients admitted to hospital for at least 24 hours following a vehicle crash in rural and remote areas of North Queensland were asked to describe what happened immediately before, during and after the crash. Those interviewed include vehicle operators, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

Thematic analysis has been performed on 230 narratives obtained from these patients with transport-related injuries in North Queensland. Some of these narratives illuminate concerns that are often concealed by statistical analyses. This paper explores through narrative analysis the experiences, attitudes and behaviours of road users in rural and remote areas. The data generated by narrative analysis has potential to complement and also challenge that which is grounded in the quantitative domain and thus may be used to enhance future road safety policies and interventions.

Item ID: 4269
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 0-7345-2551-6
Keywords: road crash; risk; rural road safety; thematic analysis
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2009 05:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 34%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Inequalities @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 33%
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