I am a pediatrician recently out of residency. I have been taught to ask about the presence of guns in the home in health maintenance visits, but beyond that have not gotten much guidance on how to effectively address the issue. Are there validated tools that can be used in the outpatient setting to aid in screening for those at highest risk of firearm injuries, and any data better understand the most effective ways to communicate with patients and their families about this issue.
Thank you for having this forum on such an important topic.
Chana Sacks, MD
General Internist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Research Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital
David Hemenway, PhD
Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center
Frederick Rivara, MD, MPH
Core faculty, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington
Jerome Kassirer, MD
Distinguished Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD
Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University
Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH
Center Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research
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