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Commit to Help Reduce Firearm-Related Violence

Oct 27, 2017

In September 2015, AAPM&R endorsed the paper, Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action from 8 Health Professional Organizations and the American Bar Association, for its stance on remediating intrusions on physician-patient relationships. Your Academy, along with many other medical societies and health care organizations, agreed with the paper’s recommendations to remove the communi­cation restrictions so that physicians can speak freely with patients in a non-judgmental manner about firearms and advise them on the course of behaviors that promote health and safety.

In a follow-up to this endorsement, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is conducting a new campaign, in tandem with a recently-published article by Dr. Garen Wintermute, which encourages physicians to make a commitment to help reduce firearm-related violence by adding their name to an online form that will be posted at annals.org—ACP’s website.

Wintemute’s paper is a specific call-to-action for physicians to make a commitment that says, “When risk factors for harm to my patients or others are present, I will ask my patients about firearm ownership and safety.”

Interested physicians can access and add their name to the commitment page here.