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Seat Belt Use in Pregnant Women in Central and Southern Illinois

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Trial Status

Open for Enrollment
Phase Observational/Behavioral

Why is this study being done?

Our goal is to use this pilot study to assess seat belt use and knowledge in pregnant women in Central and Southern Illinois and to determine if educational information improves the prevalence of and proper seat belt usage.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any pregnant woman presenting to SIU OB/GYN clinic for their prenatal care.

What is involved?

Volunteers will complete a questionnaire at their first prenatal visit. They will be asked about their current seat belt use, seat positioning and air bag settings. Participants will be given an educational pamphlet to review with their provider regarding the importance of seat belt usage and proper placement during pregnancy. Upon a subsequent visit (usually their ultrasound appointment), they will complete a second questionnaire to determine if percent of time patients are using a seat belt increases and if air bag settings and seat positioning have been corrected.

How long is the study?

Participation is completed during the course of the patients’ prenatal visits.

Who can I contact for additional information?

Please contact Kathy Groesch, at (217) 545-6671 or email

Who is the Principal Investigator of this study?

Sohail Siddique, MD

Where is the trial located?

Springfield, Illinois