AMA Journal of Ethics Publishes Results of NC Physicians Survey on Firearms

AMA’s Journal of Ethics has published the results of a study on Continuing Medical Education and Firearm Violence Counseling. Firearm violence is a significant and increasing cause of mortality and although physicians view firearm counseling as their professional obligation, few engage in the practice. The study examines medical education and firearm counseling among physicians in North Carolina. Its findings: while 65 percent of physicians reported knowing how to counsel patients about gun safety, only 25 percent reported having conversations with patients about firearms or firearm safety often or very often. The study was authored by two UNC medical students, as well as Dr. Anthony Vierra, professor and chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine.