Available Resources for Youth Violence Prevention in Health Care Settings

Carmela Lomonaco, University of Southern California
Lyndee Knox, University of Southern California

The unique position of primary care providers in youth violence prevention has been a topic of interest in the health sector. In order to identify ways to best facilitate these health care providers' role in violence prevention, it is prudent to view existing practices and encounter settings to provide realistic recommendations for violence prevention that can be implemented into primary care without compromising the treatment of illness. Our study utilizes a case-study design in two different sites. The ethnographic component consists of observations of system and provider-patient interactions, while the second component is a document analysis that reviews the existing policies and regulations and patient files. With this data, our specific aims for this study are two-fold. First, we seek to describe the violence prevention related services (screening, patient education/counseling and referral) currently taking place in practices that service communities and families considered at-risk for violence. Second, we seek to identify existing but under-utilized resources in these health care settings that can be used to promote primary prevention of violence among young persons. This study will form the basis for the development and evaluation of a comprehensive violence prevention and intervention program for community health clinics.

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Updated 05/20/2006