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60 Maximising injury research through translation of an evidence-based safe teen driving program into a workplace wellness program
  1. Karisa Harland,
  2. Lisa Roth,
  3. Corinne Peek-Asa
  1. University of Iowa, USA

Abstract

Statement of purpose Previous intervention studies have demonstrated that increasing parent involvement in teen driving increases safe driving behaviour. The purpose of this research is to translate an evidence-based safe teen driving program into a workplace wellness program.

Methods Steering Teens Safe (STS), an evidence-based teen driving intervention, involves training parents in effective communication before/during their teens intermediate licensing. STS is currently being translated into workplace wellness programs. To increase translation effectiveness, the Replicating Effective Programs framework and the RE-AIM model are being applied. Parent-employees completed a focus group to identify facilitators and barriers to translation. STS was modified into a 3-month program where parent-employees receive three one-hour trainings on communication, complete online tutorials and answer three surveys (baseline, 1-month, and 3-months).

Results Facilitators to translation included a parents desire to teach their child, a child’s desire to want to drive, and a culture of safety and wellness within the business. Barriers identified by parents were time and a teen’s potential response to this new type of communication. Three businesses are currently enrolled in STS and the majority of the STS communication trainings have been facilitated by a trainer within each business. To date, 27 parent-employees (8 fathers, 19 mothers) have completed the wellness program. From baseline to the 3-month follow-up, parent-teen communication improved significantly (p = 0.04). The most frequently completed online tutorials focused on basic safety principals of taking driving seriously (72%), always wearing your seatbelt (68%) and avoiding distractions while driving (68%). Of interest, the least completed tutorials were on setting guidelines for your child to drive (40%).

Conclusion Injury research can be effectively translated into a workplace. Parent-teen communication about driving improved following translation of an evidence-based intervention into a wellness program. Further translation of evidence-based programs is needed to maximise the benefits of injury research.

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