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Table 1 Demographic data, response to global and multiple measures of safety belt use among urban emergency department patients

From: Self-reported safety belt use among emergency department patients in Boston, Massachusetts

Variable Total Sample N (%) SBU 'Always', by Single Measure of Safety Belt Use N (%) Chi Square P value SBU 'Always', by Multple Measure of Safety Belt Use N (%) Chi Square P value
Gender
   Male 197 (52) 80 (42) 15.7 <0.001 35 (36) 14.4 <0.001
   Female 182 (48) 111 (58)    63 (64)   
Age
   18–24 49 (13) 26 (14) 7.68 0.958 17 (17) 2.63 0.622
   25–34 98 (26) 46 (24)    23 (23)   
   35–44 108 (28) 51 (27)    28 (29)   
   45–54 81 (21) 42 (23)    19 (19)   
   55 or older 46 (12) 27 (14)    11 (11)   
Race
   African American 183 (48) 91(47) 7.40 0.116 55 (53) 3.05 0.549
   Asian 10 (3) 6 (3)    1 (1)   
   Native American 2 (1) 2 (1)    1 (1)   
   White 151 (40) 70 (36)    37 (38)   
   Other 34 (9) 23 (12)    7 (7)   
Ethnicity
   Hispanic or Latino 77 (20) 50 (26) 14.9 0.002 23 (23) 2.02 0.568
   Cape Verdean 19 (5) 9 (5)    3 (3)   
   Haitian 20 (5) 15 (8)    4 (4)   
   None of These 264 (69) 118 (61)    68 (69)   
Education
   < High School 27 (7) 16 (8) 4.77 0.312 7 (7) 7.32 0.12
   Some High School 55 (15) 22 (12)    8 (8)   
   High School/GED 136 (36) 65 (34)    32 (33)   
   Some College 91 (24) 50 (26)    27 (27)   
   College Graduate 70 (18) 38 (20)    24 (24)   
  1. SBU = Safety belt use
  2. Single Measure of Safety Belt Use = Respondents were asked the following question: "Think about the times you've ridden in a car in the past 30 days. Overall, how often did you wear a seatbelt?" The overall outcome of analysis, safety belt use, was determined by the frequency of participants that answered 'always' on this question.
  3. Multiple Measure of Safety Belt Use = Respondents were asked a series of situation-specific transportation questions (highway travel, local road travel, daytime travel, travel at night, driving a car, front seat passenger, back seat passenger, short trips of 10 minutes or less, and trips longer than 10 minutes). We classified safety belt use via the Multiple Measure as a response of 'always' to all nine scenarios.