Should Doctors Ask Patients With Dementia About Gun Ownership?
As the number of Americans with dementia grows, physicians are increasingly faced with the dilemma of whether or not to ask about gun ownership. While asking about firearms in the home is recommended by multiple organizations when risk factors are present, guidance on counselling families about gun ownership is lacking and many physicians are met with resistance from patients.
Patients with dementia who have guns may be a danger to themselves or others, but guidance on discussing this matter are lacking, and some patients may be offended when questioned. Are you for or against asking patients with dementia about gun ownership?
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