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Parenting as Primary Prevention

Ellen C. Perrin, MD1; Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH2,3; Thomas Boat, MD4,5
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1Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2American Board of Pediatrics, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
3Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
4Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
5University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(7):637-638. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0225.
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This Viewpoint discusses the importance of pediatric and family medical homes in assisting parents in the tasks of protecting, nurturing, guiding, and educating their children.

Social-emotional and behavioral dysfunction contributes substantially to adverse health outcomes such as obesity, asthma, and cardiovascular disease; poor quality of life; and exponentially increasing health care costs. These conditions often have roots in childhood, when opportunities exist for primary and secondary prevention and early intervention. However, these opportunities are seldom realized for many reasons, including limited attention to behavioral and/or mental health concerns during pediatric and family medicine training programs and the low priority of prevention in the organization and financing of health care in the United States.

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