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The role of motorcycle taxi drivers in the pre-hospital care of road traffic injury victims in rural Dominican Republic
  1. Naira Arellano1,
  2. Michael J Mello1,2,
  3. Melissa A Clark3
  1. 1Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  2. 2Departments of Emergency Medicine and Community Health, Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  3. 3Department of Community Health, Brown University Warren Alpert School of Medicine and Program in Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  1. Correspondence to Naira Arellano, Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital, 190 Morris Ave, Providence, RI 02906, USA; nairaarellano{at}gmail.com

Abstract

This study explored the role of motorcycle taxi drivers in the pre-hospital care of road traffic injury victims in the province of Monte Plata, Dominican Republic. A cross-sectional survey was administered to a convenience sample of 58 motorcycle taxi drivers working at six different highway taxi posts. The majority of drivers surveyed (67.2%) indicated witnessing a motor vehicle crash. The most common type of help drivers reported providing was transportation of crash victims (41%). Only 15.8% of drivers had ever attended a first-aid course but 84.5% expressed interest in attending a course if given the opportunity.

  • Motorcycle taxi driver
  • road traffic injury
  • Dominican Republic
  • international
  • motorcycle
  • MVTC
  • rural

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Footnotes

  • Funding Financial support to conduct this research was provided by Brown University's International Health Institute and Brown University's Master of Public Health Program.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Brown University Institutional Review Board.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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