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Journal of Community Health

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 313–324 | Cite as

Family Practice Physicians' Firearm Safety Counseling Beliefs and Behaviors

  • Sherry A. Everett
  • James H. Price
  • Archie W. Bedell
  • Susan K. Telljohann
Article

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify family physicians' firearm safety counseling beliefs and behaviors. A survey was mailed to a random sample of 600 members of the American Academy of Family Physicians. A three wave mailing technique was used to maximize the response rate and yielded 271 usable surveys (55% response rate). Outcome measures included training experience in firearm safety counseling, the prevalence of firearm safety counseling by family physicians, and their perceptions regarding such counseling. The majority (78%) of family physicians lacked formal training on how to counsel patients about firearm safety and 49% believed more time should be spent in residency programs on firearm safety counseling. The majority (84%) of respondents never or rarely counseled patients on firearm safety and 50% believed firearm safety counseling should be a low priority in their delivery of primary care. The majority of respondents did not regularly counsel patients about firearm safety, did not believe firearm safety counseling should be a priority, and did not believe firearm safety counseling would be effective in reducing firearm-related trauma.

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Public Health Primary Care Random Sample American Academy Family Physician 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherry A. Everett
    • 1
  • James H. Price
    • 2
  • Archie W. Bedell
    • 3
  • Susan K. Telljohann
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Health Promotion and Human PerformanceThe University of ToledoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance The University of ToledoUSA
  3. 3.Mercy Hospital Family Practice Residency ProgramUSA
  4. 4.Health Promotion and Human PerformanceThe University of ToledoUSA

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