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Title: Are full-face helmets the most effective in preventing head and neck injury in motorcycle accidents? A meta-analysis
Authors: Soramon Chaichan
Thatchanon Asawalertsaeng
Pat Veerapongtongchai
Paiboon Chattakul
Sittichai Khamsai
Patnarin Pongkulkiat
Verajit Chotmongkol
Panita Limpawattana
Jarin Chindaprasirt
Vichai Senthong
Chetta Ngamjarus
Yuwares Sittichanbuncha
Amnat Kitkhuandee
Kittisak Sawanyawisuth
Khon Kaen University
Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2020
Citation: Preventive Medicine Reports. Vol.19, (2020)
Abstract: © 2020 The Authors Motorcycles are the most common type of vehicle involved in traffic deaths in developing countries. Although helmets can provide protection against injury, there is limited evidence available regarding which type of helmet best protects against head and neck injuries in this setting. This review was conducted based on articles in the PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science databases. We compared full-face helmets with other types of helmet with regard to head and neck injury prevention in road accidents involving motorcyclists. Of 702 studies, six were eligible with a total of 6,529 participants. When compared with partial and open helmets, the odds ratio of full-face helmets was 0.356 (95% CI of 0.280, 0.453) and 0.636 (95% CI of 0.453, 0.894), respectively, for reduction of head and neck injuries. In conclusion, full-face helmets reduced head and neck injuries in motorcycle accidents to a greater extent than other types of helmet. Policy makers should recommend that motorcyclists use full-face helmets.
ISSN: 22113355
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2020

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