Only Half Of ED Physicians Ask Suicidal Patients About Gun Access Or Other Lethal Means

Medscape (3/24, Brooks) reports, “National guidelines encourage emergency department (ED) physicians to ask suicidal patients whether they have access to guns or other lethal means of ending their lives, but only about half do ask,” the findings of a study published online March 17 in Depression and Anxiety suggest. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after interviewing “1,358 patients from eight EDs in seven states” who “had experienced suicidal ideation or had attempted suicide.” Funding for the study came from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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