Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Whitman, S., & McKnight, J. (1985). Ideology and injury prevention. International Journal of Health Services, 15, 35–46.

Abstract: Data from a recently completed study of head injuries reveal that many of these injuries, and deaths from these injuries, result from interpersonal violence and automobile accidents. Such injuries are normally difficult to prevent. In this study it was found that much of the interpersonal violence involves family members and many of the vehicle accidents, especially those that result in death, happen to pedestrians. Prevention thus becomes even more difficult. Based upon these data and observations, five categories of prevention strategies are generated and evaluated. It is determined that the four strategies usually within the domain of traditional prevention (inaction, education, legislation, and design alterations) are not likely to prevent many head injuries or injuries in general. A fifth category is thus recommended. This category requires meaningful involvement of people into work that impacts on the social and political reality of their lives. The prevailing ideology of prevention offered by the health professions is considered and is found to be in opposition to our fifth prevention category. The implications of this opposition are examined and the search for improved health is considered in this context.

Journal Article 2: Ikeda, R. (2010). Injury prevention and lifestyle medicine. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 4, 5.

Abstract: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine share a common goal: to increase awareness of lifestyle-based causes of disease and injury in the general public and to assist in the integration of health professionals working in lifestyle related disease and injury management and prevention. In addition to the many preventable diseases that afflict us, there is one health threat that the public still accepts as a fait accompli: injuries. We’ve not yet fully integrated injury prevention into preventive medicine, and patients are not as educated on how to lower injury risks as they are on how to lower cancer or heart disease risks.