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Psychiatric care for patients with self-inflicted gunshot wounds
Am J Psychiatry 1984;141:261-263.
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Self-inflicted gunshot wounds are the commonest form of suicide in this country. Seventeen individuals with such injuries were admitted to a trauma center over a 3-month period. Review of their records showed that psychiatric consultation was requested for only nine of the 13 patients who survived their wounds. Information on alcohol use was missing from half the case records and only six of the 13 survivors received psychiatric care after discharge. Use of guns in suicide attempts may evoke strong feelings in health care providers, resulting in omissions in history taking, evaluation, and follow-up.

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