Bicycle Safety Helmets

Barry D. Weiss, Alexander M. Capron, Mark D. Widome, Victoria Fetter, Andrew L. Dannenberg, Elihu D. Richter, Robert S. Thompson, Frederick P. Rivara, Diane C. Thompson

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To the Editor: Thompson and associates are to be commended for their carefully executed case–control study (May 25 issue),1 which attempts to establish the protective effect of bicycle safety helmets. Their study contains several sources of potential bias, however, that may limit the validity of the study results. Most important, 22.6 percent of Thompson's case patients (subjects with a head injury) had been involved in collisions with moving automobiles, as compared with only 12.5 and 3.9 percent in each of the two control groups. The subjects with a head injury were also less likely to have fallen onto soft surfaces….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1194-1196
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume321
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 1989

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Head Protective Devices
Craniocerebral Trauma
Safety
Automobiles
Reproducibility of Results
Control Groups

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  • Medicine(all)

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Weiss, B. D., Capron, A. M., Widome, M. D., Fetter, V., Dannenberg, A. L., Richter, E. D., ... Thompson, D. C. (1989). Bicycle Safety Helmets. New England Journal of Medicine, 321(17), 1194-1196. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJM198910263211713
Weiss, Barry D. ; Capron, Alexander M. ; Widome, Mark D. ; Fetter, Victoria ; Dannenberg, Andrew L. ; Richter, Elihu D. ; Thompson, Robert S. ; Rivara, Frederick P. ; Thompson, Diane C. / Bicycle Safety Helmets. In: New England Journal of Medicine. 1989 ; Vol. 321, No. 17. pp. 1194-1196.
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Weiss, BD, Capron, AM, Widome, MD, Fetter, V, Dannenberg, AL, Richter, ED, Thompson, RS, Rivara, FP & Thompson, DC 1989, 'Bicycle Safety Helmets', New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 321, no. 17, pp. 1194-1196. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJM198910263211713

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In: New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 321, No. 17, 26.10.1989, p. 1194-1196.

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Weiss BD, Capron AM, Widome MD, Fetter V, Dannenberg AL, Richter ED et al. Bicycle Safety Helmets. New England Journal of Medicine. 1989 Oct 26;321(17):1194-1196. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJM198910263211713