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Highlights from the injury prevention literature
  1. Anara S Guard
  1. Correspondence to Anara S Guard, Center for the Study of Injury and Violence, EDC, Education Development Center, 5315 Spilman Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819, USA; anara{at}

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Safety education is one major approach to prevent injuries. In 2008, a review generated 10 principles for effective safety education. A new article applies those 10 principles to a set of 12 studies identified through a literature review of safety education for children and young people. Seven of the papers provided evidence of the impact of the programmes on knowledge, behaviour or skills, but none of the studies showed evidence of an impact on unintentional injuries themselves.

▶  Mulvaney C, Watson M, Errington NG. Safety education impact and good practice: a review. Health Educ 2012;112:15–30.

This column has often highlighted research on firearm injury prevention. A series of surveys were conducted with various professions and practitioner groups to assess training that they received on firearm injury prevention, as well as barriers and benefits to such training. The most recent article describes the ‘paucity’ of such training for physician assistants. The authors also have published results relative to psychiatric nurses, preventive medicine training and among sheriffs.

▶  Thompson A, Price JH, Khubchandani J, et al. Physician assistants training on firearm injury prevention. Patient Educ Couns 2012;86:348–53.

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