Preventing Firearm-Related Death and Injury

Ann Intern Med. 2019 Jun 4;170(11):ITC81-ITC96. doi: 10.7326/AITC201906040.


Deaths and injuries from firearms are significant public health problems, and clinicians are in a unique position to identify risk among their patients and discuss the importance of safe firearm practices. Although clinicians may be ill-prepared to engage in such discussions, an adequate body of evidence is available for support, and patients are generally receptive to this type of discussion with their physician. Here, we provide an overview of existing research and recommended strategies for counseling and intervention to reduce firearm-related death and injury.