Objective: About 21,000 suicides in the United States in 2014 involved a firearm. The authors reviewed evidence from around the world regarding the relationship between firearm ownership rates and firearm suicide rates and the potential effectiveness of policy-based strategies for preventing firearm suicides in the United States.
Method: Relevant publications were identified by searches of PubMed, PsycINFO, MEDLINE, and Google Scholar from 1980 to September 2015, using the search terms suicide AND firearms OR guns. Excluding duplicates, 1,687 results were found, 60 of which were selected for inclusion; these sources yielded an additional 10 studies, for a total of 70 studies.
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The participant will outline evidence linking firearm ownership to risk of firearm suicide and identify the effectiveness of different approaches to restricting access to firearms by individuals wishing to die by suicide.
This program is designed for all psychiatrists in clinical practice, residents in Graduate Medical Education programs, medical students interested in psychiatry, and other physicians who wish to advance their current knowledge of clinical medicine.
Estimated Time to Complete
Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: October 1, 2016
End Date: September 30, 2018
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
Title: Prevention of Firearm Suicide in the United States: What Works and What Is Possible
Authors: J. John Mann, M.D., Christina A. Michel, B.A.
Affiliations: From the Division of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York; and the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York (J.J.M., C.A.M.).
Disclosures: Dr. Mann receives royalties from the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene for commercial use of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale. Ms. Michel reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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