In pediatric, suicidal, and other high-risk patients, does screening for access to guns and a brief office intervention improve gun safety practices?

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Abstract

CASE

A 13-year-old African American boy presents to clinic for a sports physical. He is thriving in school; does not use tobacco, alcohol, or drugs; and is not yet sexually active. He lives with his 2 sisters and his mother, who struggles with mental illness. His mother's concern is that he was seen handling a firearm with some of his friends. What more should you say or do about the firearm issue?

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