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September 27, 2022

The Epidemiology of Firearm Injuries in the US: The Need for Comprehensive, Real-time, Actionable Data

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Injury Science Center, and Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2Departments of Emergency Medicine and Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Injury Science Center, and Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2022;328(12):1177-1178. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.16894

The US stands out among developed countries for its high rates of firearm injury and related morbidity and mortality. Even though there is no comprehensive national resource that documents firearm-related injuries in real time, available data provide some insight into the epidemiology of firearm injury. This Viewpoint summarizes current data on firearm injuries in the US, discusses the limitations of available data sources, and proposes measures for a comprehensive system to track firearm injury and death.

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