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Colorado Researchers: Study Shows Less Than Half of Suicidal Patients are Asked if They Have Access to Guns

Despite national guidelines urging emergency department doctors to ask suicidal patients if they have access to firearms or other lethal implements, only about half actually do, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Lead author Dr. Emmy Betz, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health, and colleagues interviewed 1,358 patients from eight emergency departments (EDs) in seven states who had either attempted suicide or were thinking about it.

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[Photo: Dr. Emmy Betz]

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