Don’t be surprised if your doctor asks you about guns

Don't be surprised if your doctor asks you about guns

By now you are probably used to the probing questions your doctor asks during your annual checkup. How have you been sleeping lately? Any increased stress at work? Problems at home? Have you engaged in any risky sexual activity? Don’t be surprised if, in the future, the questioning turns to guns. With gun violence on the rise over the past few years and mass shootings happening more frequently, physicians are making a renewed push to treat the issue as a public health crisis. And part of that begins in your doctor’s office. Doctors, especially primary care physicians, are in a unique position to know some of the most private details of our lives, including many indicators that could suggest a higher risk of being a victim or perpetrator of gun violence. The Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California Davis has launched a new tool kit for […]

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