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Fam Community Health. 2009 Apr-Jun;32(2):115-22. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31819946e7.

Injury prevention counseling for adults: have we made progress?

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Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA.


Injuries are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Physicians are a trusted source that can disseminate information about the prevention of injury and violence. This study used the second Injury Control and Risk Survey to report the national prevalence of healthcare provider injury prevention counseling to adults. Results indicate that overall 1 in 5 adults who visited a healthcare provider received some counseling on injury prevention. Counseling prevalence varied by injury topic and patient demographic characteristics. Many people who could benefit from counseling are not receiving it, even among those who had visited a healthcare provider.

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