The Difficulty of Prevention: A Behavioral Perspective

Craig A. Johnston, Elizabeth Vaughan, Jennette P. Moreno

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Behavioral medicine provides insight in to the problem of injury prevention. Society often views unintentional injuries as only an accident when in reality many accident-related injuries are preventable. However, barriers to behavioral change in injury prevention exist for both patients (eg, inconvenience, perceived risk–benefit ratio) and health care providers (eg, feeling of badgering nonadherent patients, patient misinformation). To overcome barriers, the article discusses strategies for health care providers to address injury prevention such as choosing active over passive strategies, informing patients of predictable injury-prone circumstances, and individualizing patient risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-16
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • adherence
  • barriers
  • injury prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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