James, an Army veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder, presents at your practice. Previously, he has revealed to you that he occasionally has suicidal thoughts. Knowing that firearms are among the most lethal suicide-attempt methods, should you bring up the potentially touchy topic of whether he has access to a gun?
If you’re like most American physicians, you haven’t had much training on how to effectively address firearm safety with a patient like James. His case is one of three high-risk scenarios in which physicians can help reduce their patients risk of firearm injury death that are highlighted in a CME module available in the AMA Ed Hub.
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