Background: A motor vehicle seat belt use law for the driver and front-seat passenger was implemented in Taiwan on June 1, 2001. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of motor vehicle seat belt use on the severity of traumatic brain injuries because of motor vehicle accidents. Methods: Data were collected from 27 major teaching hospitals four years before June 1, 2001 and until May 31, 2013. A total of 822 brain-injured patients with a mean age of 37.4 (± 13.4) years were included; 251 were injured pri-or to implementation of the law and 571 after. The Glasgow coma scale was adapted to rate the severity of traumatic brain injury on admission. The Glasgow outcome scale was used to categorize the outcome on discharge. Results: After the seat belt law was implemented, traumatic brain injuries were less severe (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-478
Number of pages9
JournalIranian Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Glasgow coma scale
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Seat belt
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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