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Medical News & Perspectives
February 6, 2002

Hospital Study Offers Hope of Changing Lives Prone to Violence

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JAMA. 2002;287(5):576-577. doi:10.1001/jama.287.5.576-JMN0206-3-1

Chicago—While being treated in a hospital emergency department for a gang-related stabbing, a patient may not be thinking the situation is a ticket to flee the mean streets, but some physicians and social workers believe it just may be.

A study by Mount Sinai Hospital and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago found that young victims of violence can change their lifestyles to avoid becoming repeat visitors to emergency departments for treatment of gunshot wounds, stabbings, and other injuries. Such changes are initiated by the physicians and staff in the emergency department, who view these encounters as an opportunity to counsel, said Leslie S. Zun, MD, chair of Mount Sinai's emergency medicine department and coauthor of the study.

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