Patient Counseling for Unintentional Injury Prevention

Michael F. Ballesteros, Andrea C. Gielen

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Injury prevention counseling (IPC) by health care providers is one strategy to reduce injury risk by encouraging people to modify their environment or their personal behaviors to protect themselves or their loved ones. National surveys indicate that few patients are receiving IPC. The evidence of IPC being effective at increasing safety practices is inconsistent. This may be explained partially because counseling recommendations for some injury issues may involve more effort, cost, or inconvenience by the patient. IPC that is based on behavior change theories is more likely to be effective. Physicians and other health care providers can play a critical role in efforts to prevent injuries, but barriers for delivering IPC need to be overcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-41
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • counseling
  • health care providers
  • injury prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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