Childhood injuries: Issues for the family physician

D. Glotzer, M. Weitzman

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Injuries are the most frequent cause of death during childhood. Nonfatal injuries occur at least 1,300 times more frequently than fatal injuries, and in any given year about one in every five children sustains an injury that requires medical attention. The injuries for which a child is at risk are influenced by age, cognitive and motor skills, and environment. Childhood injury prevention counseling by physicians can be effective in altering both the parent's and the child's behavior and in modifying the environment to reduce the risk of injury. Family physicians provide a large portion of the preventive and injury-related health care of children and should make office- based safety education a prominent part of their practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1705-1716
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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