Are There Weapons in the Home?

In this essay, Dr. Sheila M. Quinn tells how the answer to an inquiry about guns in a patient's home led to a disturbing answer and a change in her approach to the issue.

Use the essay to:

  • Listen to an audio recording of the essay, read by Dr. Michael LaCombe.
  • Consider whether you should ask about the presence of firearms in your patients' homes. Use this article to inform your approach to this issue.
  • After the encounter described in her essay, the author began asking patients more often whether there were guns at home. How might such an approach help to build rapport with a patient in addition to looking out for her or his safety?
  • Do you know what to do if a patient reports concerns about harm at home?

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