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At last we have a scholarly tome that confirms the shift from a purely passive, environmental change model of injury prevention to an active, complex, and integrated model which acknowledges the contribution of the many ways and means required to reach the common goal. Injury and violence prevention: behavioral science theories, methods, and applications is intended to analyze theories, methods, and applications in behavioral science in relation to injury prevention. The book is presented in four parts: Behavior change theories and models; Research and assessment methods for behavior change interventions; Behavior change interventions to reduce injury risk; and Cross-cutting issues. Each part has an introduction followed by specific topic chapters (20 chapters in all).
Most of us can recall seminal moments in our careers. One such moment in my injury prevention career came when I reviewed a study1 that struck me particularly strongly, so strongly that it has remained a key lesson for a decade. Using the Delphi technique, researchers from the North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center elicited from 23 of the best and brightest US injury control experts their priority topics for …