Reducing firearm injuries: the role of local public health departments.
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Reducing firearm injuries: the role of local public health departments.

  • Published Date:

    1999 Nov-Dec

  • Source:
    Public Health Rep. 114(6):533-539
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    Public Health Rep
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    The purpose of this study was to gather data regarding local public health departments' involvement in activities to prevent firearm-related morbidity and mortality.|A questionnaire was sent to local public health departments serving cities with populations > or =60,000 to assess their perceptions of the magnitude of the firearm injury problem in their jurisdictions and the activities in which they were engaged to reduce firearm-related injuries.|Almost half (49.7%) of respondents said that their departments had not seriously thought about being involved in activities to reduce firearm-related injuries, and fewer than one in five (17.8%) reported that their departments were involved in such activities. Respondents identified three barriers to involvement in activities to reduce firearm injuries: limited financial resources (62.7% of respondents), lack of expertise (50.8%), and not enough time (47%).|Despite the extent of firearm injuries in the US, systematic collection of local data on firearm morbidity and mortality to help guide policy development is lacking.
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