Unintentional and intentional injuries cause a great deal of human suffering throughout the world. They exact a huge toll on societies in terms of mortality, years of potential life lost, disability, and health care costs. The good news is that great strides have been made in understanding the causes of injuries and how to prevent them. Using seat belts and car seats, installing air bags in cars, replacing dangerous playground equipment, enforcing drinking and driving laws are but a few examples of modifying behavior, products, and environments to reduce injury risk. This paper provides an overview of the science of injury control and selected examples of how professionals in the field of patient education and counseling can contribute to enhancing the safety of the public.
- Health care providers
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