Differences in Pediatric Preventative Care Counseling by Provider Type

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Differences in Pediatric Preventative Care Counseling by Provider Type

Abstract

Cynthia Perry and Genevieve Kenney explore the rates at which providers offer advice on health behaviors and injury prevention during preventive care visits. They find that pediatricians are more likely to advise about healthy eating than other physicians and nonphysicians, and they are also more likely than nonphysicians to advise about exercise, the harmful effects of parental smoking, proper safety restraints in a car, and use of a bicycle helmet. Regardless of provider type, rates of advice were low, leading the authors to conclude that many pediatric providers, particularly those not trained as pediatricians, are missing opportunities to advise about health behaviors and injury prevention.

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