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Post-licence driver education for the prevention of road traffic crashes

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, July 2003
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Title
Post-licence driver education for the prevention of road traffic crashes
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, July 2003
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd003734
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Authors

Katharine Ker, Ian G Roberts, Timothy Collier, Fiona R Beyer, Frances Bunn, Chris Frost

Abstract

Worldwide, each year over a million people are killed and some ten million people are permanently disabled in road traffic crashes. Post-licence driver education is used by many as a strategy to reduce traffic crashes. However, the effectiveness of post-licence driver education has yet to be ascertained. To quantify the effectiveness of post-licence driver education in reducing road traffic crashes. We searched the following electronic databases: the Cochrane Injuries Group's Specialised Register, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, EMBASE, TRANSPORT (NTIS, TRIS, TRANSDOC, IRRD), Road Res (ARRB), ATRI, National Research Register, PsycInfo, ERIC, SPECTR, Zetoc, SIGLE, Science (and Social Science) Citation Index. We searched the Internet, checked reference lists of relevant papers and contacted appropriate organisations. The search was not restricted by language or publication status. Randomised controlled trials comparing post-licence driver education versus no education, or one form of post-licence driver education versus another. Two reviewers independently screened search results, extracted data and assessed methodological trial quality. We found 24 trials of driver education, 23 conducted in the USA and one in Sweden. Twenty trials studied remedial driver education. The methodological quality of the trials was poor and three reported data unsuitable for meta-analysis. Nineteen trials reported traffic offences: pooled relative risk (RR) = 0.96, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) = 0.94, 0.98); trial heterogeneity was significant (p=<0.00001). Fifteen trials reported traffic crashes: pooled RR = 0.98 (95% CI 0.96, 1.01), trial heterogeneity was not significant (p=0.75). Four trials reported injury crashes: pooled RR = 1.12 (95% CI 0.88, 1.41), trial heterogeneity was significant (p=<0.00001). No one form of education (correspondence, group or individual) was found to be substantially more effective than another, nor was a significant difference found between advanced driver education and remedial driver education. Funnel plots indicated the presence of publication bias affecting the traffic offence and crash outcomes. This systematic review provides no evidence that post-licence driver education is effective in preventing road traffic injuries or crashes. Although the results are compatible with a small reduction in the occurrence of traffic offences, this may be due to selection biases or bias in the included trials. Because of the large number of participants included in the meta-analysis (close to 300,000 for some outcomes) we can exclude, with reasonable precision, the possibility of even modest benefits.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Italy 1 <1%
Kazakhstan 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Saudi Arabia 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Unknown 101 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 22 21%
Student > Master 18 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 9%
Student > Bachelor 9 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 8%
Other 20 19%
Unknown 19 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 28 26%
Psychology 14 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 9 8%
Social Sciences 8 8%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 4 4%
Other 18 17%
Unknown 25 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 40. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 26 January 2021.
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Outputs of similar age from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#64
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