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Preventing Firearm Injury: What Clinicians Can Do

This course was developed by the BulletPoints Project, a program of the California Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, Davis. BulletPoints aims to teach medical and mental health care providers how to reduce the risk of firearm-related injury and death in their patients. The course is taught by Dr. Amy Barnhorst, the Director of the BulletPoints Project and a Professor of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine at UC Davis.

This course focuses on several areas where clinicians can help reduce the risk of firearm-related injury and death, including suicide, dementia, intimate partner violence, unintentional injury, and mass shootings.

It will begin by introducing the 3A’s Framework for reducing firearm injury. Then it will guide you through three case studies. Each case documents a clinician-patient encounter in which the clinician uses the 3A’s to identify risk and work with the patient to reduce that risk.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the clinician’s role in preventing firearm injuries
  • Identify patients at increased risk for firearm injury
  • Engage in conversations about firearm injury prevention with patients
  • Apply interventions appropriate to the level and type of risk