Physician involvement in promoting gun safety

Nicholas Darshan Tolat, Bindi Jayendra Naik-Mathuria, Amy Lynn McGuire

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Firearm-related deaths are on the rise in the United States, especially among our youth. Tragically, proper firearm storage and safety could have prevented a great number of these deaths. Professional and public health organizations have thus encouraged physicians to provide direct patient counseling on firearm safety. Yet, even with these recommendations, the majority of physicians are still not talking to their patients about this issue. There may be many reasons for this, includ-ing concerns about liability, feeling unprepared, patient discomfort, and lack of time during office visits. Despite these concerns, we argue that physicians have an ethical obligation to discuss firearm safety with their patients. Making these discussions a part of routine clinical care would go a long way in the bipartisan effort to protect public safety and improve public health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-264
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of family medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Counseling
  • Ethics
  • Firearms
  • Physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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