Frontline Doctors: Time for a Public Health Approach

America’s gun violence problem calls for a public health approach, leaders from the country’s largest physician professional societies said in a joint statement yesterday.
 
7 groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association teamed up with the American Public Health Association to call for policy changes to reduce firearm injuries and deaths. They said physicians have an obligation to advocate for change.
 
Their recommendations include requiring universal background checks for gun buyers, advancing research on gun violence causes and consequences, and opposition to “gag laws” that block doctors from counseling patients on firearm risks and safety.

Annals of Internal Medicine

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