An Exploratory Study on Quality of Life among Road Traffic Accident Victims in India

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https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2023.v35i01.011

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Humans, Accidents, Traffic, Quality of Life, Surveys and Questionnaires, Family, Informed Consent

Abstract

Background: Road traffic accidents are India’s sixth leading cause of mortality, with a substantial share of physical, psychosocial and economic losses in the productive age group.

Objectives: To explore the victims’ and stakeholders’ perceptions on quality of life among road traffic accident victims in India.

Methods: A qualitative study incorporating in-depth interviews among road traffic accident victims and key informant interviews among stakeholders was conducted from June to August 2019 (3 months) in Puducherry. Participants were selected using purposive sampling. Data was collected till the point of saturation with a semi-structured interview guide through six in-depth interviews among accident victims and six key informant interviews among stakeholders. Content analysis of the data was performed, and a conceptual framework was developed. Written informed consent from each participant was sought. Ethical clearance was obtained from the Institute Ethics Committee.

Results: Four themes were identified: reasons for road traffic accidents, problems faced by the victims, problems faced by the caretaker or family member, and preventive measures for road traffic injuries.

Conclusion: Physical, psychological, and financial problems were encountered by the victims, caretakers, and family members after a major road traffic accident. Accident victims felt that support from family members was indispensable in returning to normal life.

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2023-03-31

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Chellamuthu L, Kittu D, Bahurupi Y, Vasudevan K. An Exploratory Study on Quality of Life among Road Traffic Accident Victims in India. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2023 Mar. 31 [cited 2024 Feb. 22];35(1):60-5. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2488

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