Health care providers have been encouraged to discuss firearms with patients; whether patients view these discussions as appropriate is unclear. In an online survey of U.S. adults, researchers found that two thirds of non–firearm owners and more than one half of firearm owners in the United States believe that health care provider discussions about firearms are at least sometimes appropriate.
Citation: Betz ME, Azrael D, Barber C, Miller M. Public Opinion Regarding Whether Speaking With Patients About Firearms Is Appropriate: Results of a National Survey. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 26 July 2016] doi:10.7326/M16-0739