Spotlight on Survivors

Gun deaths make headlines, but survivors—even those with minor injuries—are often left with long-lasting physical and mental trauma, according to a new study.

The study is part of a new guard of firearm research that has emerged after a “decades-long drought” of support, now reactivated by new funding sources amid the tragic new normal of mass shootings.

University of Pennsylvania researchers surveyed 183 gunshot wound survivors about life before and after the injury. Around half of patients experienced years of PTSD post-injury.

The findings suggest that the treatment status quo needs to adapt to accommodate the long-term toll of these injuries.   

The Washington Post

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