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Assessment of Pediatric Residents’ Attitudes toward Anticipatory Counseling on Gun Safety

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 655 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
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Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, USA
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Department of Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, 2101 East Jefferson Street, E East, Rockville, MD 20853, USA
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Department of Pediatrics, The Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai, 5051 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209, USA
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Children 2019, 6(11), 122; https://doi.org/10.3390/children6110122
Received: 8 September 2019 / Accepted: 24 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
Introduction: Guns remain a major cause of injury and death among children. We determined pediatric residents’ familiarity with gun safety campaigns and their gun safety counseling practices. We determined pediatric residents’ comfort with the Asking Saves Kids (ASK) campaign, which recommends that parents ask about gun safety and storage where their children play. Methods: Cross-sectional 27-item electronic survey was distributed to three pediatric residency programs in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Residents were asked to respond to statements using a seven-point Likert scale on familiarity with three gun safety campaigns and their attitudes toward gun safety counseling. Results: 82% of respondents were not familiar with gun safety programs. 23% reported not counseling. 87% believed it is a good idea to ask about guns in a home but only 64% were comfortable recommending their patients’ parents to ask about guns. 59% were personally comfortable asking about guns in the home. 15% believed their patients’ parents would be comfortable asking about guns in the homes of friends and families. Conclusions: The residents in this survey supported the idea of gun safety anticipatory guidance but discussing firearms can be problematic. Educational programs and strategies are needed to support physicians’ counselling on gun safety. View Full-Text
Keywords: Asking Saves Kids (ASK); firearm safety; firearm deaths; gun ownership; anticipatory guidance Asking Saves Kids (ASK); firearm safety; firearm deaths; gun ownership; anticipatory guidance
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Juang, D.D.; McDonald, D.L.; Johnson-Young, E.A.; Burrell, T.D.; Silver, D.L.; Wang, Y.; Lichenstein, R. Assessment of Pediatric Residents’ Attitudes toward Anticipatory Counseling on Gun Safety. Children 2019, 6, 122.

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