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Editorial
March 2, 2020

Evidence-Based Solutions to Pediatric Firearm Deaths—The Need for Out-of-the-Box Answers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 2School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 4Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 5Penn Implementation Science Center at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Pediatr. Published online March 2, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.6239

Pediatric firearm injury and mortality are matters of national concern. The pediatric firearm mortality rate has increased by approximately 30% over the past decade,1 largely due to increases in both firearm homicide and suicide. Currently, firearm injury is the second leading cause of death for American youths (age 1-19 years).1

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