Firearm injury in America

LDI Issue Brief. 2002 Oct;8(2):1-6.

Abstract

In 2000, nearly 29,000 people in the U.S. died from firearm injury.The vast majority of these people died from suicide (58%) or homicide (38%). And for every person who died, at least two others were shot and survived, often with permanent disability. The Firearm Injury Center at Penn (FICAP), founded in 1997, is a unique collaboration among health professionals, researchers and communities to address the magnitude and impact of firearm injury and violence. In this Issue Brief, FICAP presents an overview of firearm violence, and discusses public health approaches to reducing the toll of violent injury.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Cost of Illness
  • Female
  • Firearms
  • Forecasting
  • Health Care Costs / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Care Costs / trends
  • Health Policy
  • Homicide / economics
  • Homicide / prevention & control
  • Homicide / statistics & numerical data
  • Homicide / trends
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Public Health
  • Rural Population
  • Suicide / economics
  • Suicide / prevention & control
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide / trends
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Urban Population
  • Violence / economics
  • Violence / prevention & control
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Violence / trends
  • Wounds, Gunshot / economics
  • Wounds, Gunshot / epidemiology*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / prevention & control