Pediatric Prevention: General Prevention

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2020 Jun;67(3):585-588. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2020.02.012.


Prevention amounts to stopping a disease from occurring, either through avoidance of risk factors, or through prophylactic measures, such as vaccination, use of barrier methods during sexual encounters, and so forth. However, as one delves into the topic of prevention, it becomes apparent that there are multiple points for intervention into a disease, that the stage of disease matters as to what preventive actions are appropriate, the type of disease, and even the overlapping concepts of disease versus illness.

Keywords: Opioids; Prevention; Preventive medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Primary Prevention*
  • Risk Factors
  • Secondary Prevention*
  • Tertiary Prevention*