The AAFP recognizes the use of motor vehicle occupant restraints is desirable to prevent motor vehicle occupant injuries. The effectiveness of physician’s advice and counseling in this is area is uncertain. (2007)
The AAFP recognizes that avoiding driving while alcohol impaired is desirable. The effectiveness of routine counseling of patients to reduce driving while under the influence of alcohol or riding with drivers who are alcohol-impaired is uncertain. (2007)
These recommendations are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute for the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient's family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These recommendations are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the recommendations must be implemented.
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Motor Vehicle Safety - Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation