Gun Violence and its impact on Children: Legislative and Clinical Approaches to decreasing firearm injuries
Review of the literature related to firearm legislation and interventions.
Results Interventions can make a difference. On a public health level, firearm-related legislation likely reduces the risk of firearm injuries and fatalities through changes in gun ownership rates and storage practices. On an individual level, straightforward interventions performed by clinicians can both educate families about the risks associated with firearms as well as provide information about proper storage. These interventions improve safe storage practices and likely reduce the risk of pediatric injuries and deaths.
ConclusionsPediatric firearm-related deaths are not inevitable. Proper legislation and education interventions can reduce the risk of unnecessary deaths.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Diversity and culture
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe both the potential impact legislation can have and well as interventions clinicians can use, to decrease risk of pediatric firearm injuries and deaths.
Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Youth Violence
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Pediatric emergency physician, 15 years, treating pediatric patients at Boston Childrenâs Hospital, and a health services researcher with focus on firearm and injury prevention. Teaches at Harvard Medical School âIntroduction to Social Medicine and Global Healthâ. Developed two web-based systems, one that evaluates familiesâ social needs and helps them connect to social services; and an Integrated Clinical Information Sharing System used to manage nearly 4000 patients and is part of a cluster randomized control trial.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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