You may find the following additional materials on talking with patients about firearms useful.

The book Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick, with a foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg, contains research summaries and policy recommendations from the world’s leading experts on gun violence. It is available here in its entirety.

 

In Our Lane is a new podcast from the AMA that discusses public health measures for reducing firearm injury and death. CME credit is available.

 

The Massachusetts Medical Society and the Harvard School of Public Health have both produced materials for providers on firearm counseling, firearm suicide, firearm access, and more.

  • Massachusetts Medical Society gun violence prevention info sheet for providers discusses why and how to address firearm access with patients
  • Harvard School of Public Health Means Matters Website contains information on means restriction for suicide prevention
  • The California Medical Association (CMA) has a new online Firearm Violence Prevention Resource Center. At its website you can read the CMA position statement on firearm violence and view helpful resources for providers.

 

For administrators, instructors, and practitioners in health care fields, the Consortium for Risk Based Firearm Policy's report, Breaking Through Barriers: The Emerging Role of Healthcare Provider Training Programs in Firearm Suicide Prevention, provides recommendations for lethal means safety counseling and how to incorporate it into healthcare education and practice.

 

This summary of a 2018 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convening discusses the research needed and the evidence and best practices for health care provider and health system involvement in reducing firearm injuries and deaths.

 

Here are a few other provider training opportunities regarding the risk of firearm injury and death and prevention strategies: