Baby, Be Safe: the effect of tailored communications for pediatric injury prevention provided in a primary care setting

Patient Educ Couns. 2002 Mar;46(3):175-90. doi: 10.1016/s0738-3991(01)00211-7.


Injuries are a major cause of morbidity and mortality to young children. The provision of individually tailored educational materials in primary care settings may be an effective and efficient way to promote adoption of injury prevention measures by parents. A randomized controlled study compared the effectiveness of tailored and generic persuasive communications delivered in a primary care setting on the adoption of home and car safety behaviors. During routine well-child visits, a primarily African-American sample of parents of children ages 6-20 months (n=213) was randomized to receive either tailored or generic information regarding the prevention of injuries to their child. At follow-up, participants who received tailored information reported greater adoption of home and car safety behaviors than those receiving generic information. In addition, within the tailored information group, those who discussed the information with their physician showed significantly greater change than those who did not. However, this difference was not observed among those receiving generic information. Findings support the use of office-based tailored injury prevention education as a component of routine well-child care.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Communication*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*