Physicians Should Play a New Role in Reducing Gun Violence

Julie Rosenbaum Matthew Ellman By MATTHEW S. ELLMAN, MD and JULIE R. ROSENBAUM, MD What if firearm deaths could be reduced by visits to the doctor? More than 35,000 Americans are killed annually by gunfire, about 60% of which are from suicide. The remaining deaths are mostly from accidental injury or homicide. Mass shootings represent only a tiny fraction of that number.  There’s a lot physicians can do to reduce these numbers. Typically, medical organizations such as the AMA recommend counseling patients on firearm safety.  But there is another way to use medical expertise to help reduce harm from firearms: physicians should evaluate patients interested in purchasing firearms. The idea would be to reduce the number of guns that get into the hands of people who might be a danger to themselves or others due to medical or psychiatric conditions.   This proposal has precedents: physicians currently perform comparable standardized evaluations for licensing when personal or public safety may be at risk, for example, for commercial truck drivers, airplane pilots, and adults planning to adopt a child.  Similar to these models, a subset of physicians would be certified to conduct standardized evaluations as a prerequisite for gun ownership.  As a primary care physicians with decades of practice experience, we have seen the ravages of gun violence in our patients too many times. A 50-year-old man shot in the spinal cord 30 years ago w...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Gun Control gun violence Julie Rosenbaum Matthew Ellman Source Type: blogs

Related Links:

Suicide is one of the major causes of death in young people, in whom suicide can occur in clusters. In this Review, we have investigated definitions and epidemiology of such clusters, the factors associated with them, mechanisms by which they occur, and me...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Youth violence remains a concern in Germany, particularly in specific "risky" neighborhoods that tend to be socially segregated and ethnically diverse. In this paper we critically compare the results of twenty-seven qualitative interviews conducted in thre...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Leading suicide theories and research in adults suggest that pain can exacerbate the suicidal risk of an individual. Although pain and suicidality (including suicidal ideation, behaviour, and death by suicide) both increase in prevalence during adolescence...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
To examine differences in life satisfaction, sleep, and fatigue after hysterectomy among women with preoperative pelvic pain and/or depression.
Source: The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Virtual Poster Session 3: Endometriosis (9:50 AM – 10:00 AM) 9:50 AM: STATION S Source Type: research
INTRODUCTION: Studies published in other countries indicate that 1.6-3% of spinal cord injuries are acquired due to suicide attempt, the majority being produced by precipitation in patients with previous psychiatric disorders. AIMS: To determine the freque...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
BACKGROUND: The knowledge and attitude of nonpsychiatric physicians regarding suicide in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients is important to prevent the accident related to suicide. However, most existing studies have focused on perception of and attitudes a...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
This study ...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
The question is not whether disruptive technologies will transform the healthcare job market, but rather how and when will it happen. Healthcare navigators, augmented/virtual reality operation planners and nanomedicine engineers in the second part of my article series about future jobs in healthcare. As I am certain that the huge waves of technological change transform the medical professional palette; based on the current and prospective trends in digital health technologies I envisioned what potential new professions could appear in our lives. Don’t miss the first part of the list! If you have an idea about another...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine artificial intelligence augmented reality brain-computer interface cyborg gamification gc4 Health Innovation nanotechnology Personalized medicine psychology robotics virtual reality Source Type: blogs
The objectives of this study were to investigate, first, the proportion of spinal cord injury (SCI) caused by suicidal behaviour; second, the proportion of deaths in the SCI populati...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
More News: Blogging | Children | Depression | Germany Health | Health | Health Management | India Health | Internal Medicine | International Medicine & Public Health | Israel Health | Japan Health | Legislation | Men | Middle East Health | Post Traumatic Stress Disorder | Primary Care | Psychiatry | Spinal Cord Injury | Suicide | Teachers | Yale