Firearm injury prevention counseling by pediatricians and family physicians : practices and beliefs.
To ascertain and compare beliefs, attitudes, and counseling practices of primary care physicians of children and adolescents regarding firearm injury prevention counseling.
State of Washington.
All active members of the state chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Family Physicians.
A total of 979 pediatricians and family physicians (53%) responded to the survey after two mailings.
Main Outcome Measures
Attitudes, beliefs, and current practices with regard to firearm safety counseling among families of child and adolescent patients.
Only 25% of pediatricians and 12% of family physicians currently counsel more than 5% of their patients.
Pediatricians were more likely than family physicians (70% vs 46%, P<. 001, khi2 test) to believe that physicians have a responsibility to counsel families about firearm safety.
Pediatricians recommended removing guns from the home more frequently than family physicians (32% vs 19%, P<. 001, khi2 test), but most physicians of both specialties perceived that parents are rarely receptive to this advice.
Few primary care physicians who see children and adolescents currently counsel families about firearm safety, although many agree that they have such a responsibility.
At least half of these physicians would potentially benefit from an intervention to improve their knowledge of and counseling skills on this topic.
Mots-clés Pascal : Arme à feu, Soin santé primaire, Médecin, Prévention, Conseil, Etude comparative, Enfant, Adolescent, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Fire arm, Primary health care, Physician, Prevention, Council, Comparative study, Child, Adolescent, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0520601
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 01/03/1996.