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RSS FeedsDementia And Guns: When Should Doctors Broach The Topic?
(WorldNews Health)

 
 

12 october 2018 18:08:11

 
Dementia And Guns: When Should Doctors Broach The Topic?
(WorldNews Health)
 




Some patients refuse to answer. Many doctors donīt ask. As the number of Americans with dementia rises, health professionals are grappling with when and how to pose the question: `Do you have guns at home?` While gun violence data is scarce, a Kaiser Health News investigation with PBS NewsHour published in June uncovered over 100 cases across the U.S. since 2012 in which people with dementia used guns to kill themselves or others. The shooters often acted during bouts of confusion, paranoia, delusion or aggression - common symptoms of dementia. Tragically they shot spouses, children and caregivers. Yet health care providers across the country say they have not received enough guidance on...
 
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