Reporting on road traffic injury: content analysis of injuries and prevention opportunities in Ghanaian newspapers.


Yankson, IK; Browne, EN; Tagbor, H; Donkor, P; Quansah, R; Asare, GE; Mock, CN; Ebel, BE; (2010) Reporting on road traffic injury: content analysis of injuries and prevention opportunities in Ghanaian newspapers. Injury prevention, 16 (3). pp. 194-7. ISSN 1353-8047 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/ip.2009.024174

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Abstract

In order to analyse traffic injury reporting in Ghanaian newspapers and identify opportunities for improving road safety, the content of 240 articles on road traffic injury was reviewed from 2005 to 2006 editions of two state-owned and two privately owned newspapers. The articles comprised reports on vehicle crashes (37%), commentaries (33%), informational pieces (12%), reports on pedestrian injury (10%), and editorials (8%). There was little coverage of pedestrian injuries, which account for half of the traffic fatalities in Ghana, but only 22% of newspaper reports. Only two articles reported on seatbelt use. Reporting patterns were similar between public and private papers, but private papers more commonly recommended government action (50%) than did public papers (32%, p=0.006). It is concluded that Ghanaian papers provide detailed coverage of traffic injury. Areas for improvement include pedestrian injury and attention to preventable risk factors such as road risk factors, seatbelt use, speed control, and alcohol use.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
PubMed ID: 20570987
Web of Science ID: 278998100010
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1060

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