#ThisIsOurLane: Incorporating Gun Violence Prevention into Clinical Care
Purpose of Review
This article reviews the medical community’s evolving perspective on its role in gun violence prevention efforts, particularly evaluating the evidence for and potential impact of patient education and firearm safety counseling.
Growing numbers of physicians and professional medical societies recognize gun violence as a public health crisis and are increasingly supporting a more active role for the profession to address it. In spite of this urging, relatively few physicians routinely address firearm safety with their patients, in part driven by a lack of standardized education about how to incorporate gun violence prevention into clinical care.
Clinicians have a unique opportunity to prevent firearm-related injuries and death by performing firearm safety screening and violence prevention counseling at the bedside. With growing evidence for the effectiveness of such counseling and increasing number of widely available resources, clinicians across medical disciplines are well positioned to address this unmet need.
KeywordsGun safety Firearm legislation Gun violence prevention Physician counseling Medical education
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Conflict of Interest
CAS receives support from the Carney Family Foundation. Dr. Sacks and Dr. Hathi have nothing to disclose.
Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent
This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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