The objective of this study was to qualitatively evaluate young Egyptians' perceptions, attitudes, knowledge and behaviour towards injuries before implementation of an extensive questionnaire about injuries among Egyptian youth. In 2008, five focus groups of three to nine participants each were conducted in Cairo, Egypt in Arabic to evaluate young Egyptians' attitudes towards injuries, injury prevention, and their understanding of ‘accidents’ and fatalism. Participants were 14–26 years of age and were from medium to high socioeconomic status. Focus group participants noted that the concept of hadthah (‘accident’) signified an event determined by destiny, whereas esabah (‘injury’) was the result of human actions. The results of these focus groups indicate that young, educated Egyptians are interested in injury prevention programmes despite low confidence in the preventability of injuries.
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Funding This work was supported by a Junior Scientist Development Visit Grant Award, USDA award number 58-3148-8-109, and Fogarty Grant 5D43TW007296. Other Funders: NIH; USDA.
Competing interests None.
Patient consent Obtained.
Ethics approval This study was approved by the institutional review boards at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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