Traffic-related pedestrian injuries amongst expatriate workers in Qatar: a need for cross-cultural injury prevention programme

Rifat Latifi, Ayman El-Menyar, Hassan Al-Thani, Ahmad Zarour, Ashok Parchani, Husham Abdulrahman, Mohammad Asim, Ruben Peralta, Rafael Consunji

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Qatar is a rapidly developing country in which expatriate workers constitute the majority of population. Also, Qatar is an example of right-sided road driving convention (RDC) country. The aim of our study is to analyse the traffic-related pedestrian injuries (TRPI) amongst expatriates in relation to RDC. A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data of TRPI patients who were admitted to the only Level I trauma centre in Qatar between 2009 and 2011 was performed. Demographics, country of origin, time of injury, injury severity score (ISS), RDC, morbidity and mortality were analysed. Of the 4997 injured patients, 601 (12%) were pedestrians. Of these, 92% were expatriates. The mean age was 31.8 ± 17 and 64% of them were 18–45 years old. Mean ISS was higher in those who were injured on weekends (15.4 ± 10) in comparison to working days (13.5 ± 10) (p = 0.04). The overall mortality was 15%. Sixty-seven percent of those who died were from left RDC countries. Expatriate workers, originally from left RDC countries are disproportionately affected by TRPI. This group of injured patients requires focused injury prevention programmes that are culture and language appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-142
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015


  • driving conventions
  • expatriates
  • injury prevention
  • pedestrians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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