AAFP to Obama: Family docs key in violence prevention

January 25, 2013
AAFP to obama: family docs key in violence prevention
Family physicians can play a role in addressing and preventing violence in the community, according to a Jan. 17 letter to President Obama from the American Association of Family Physicians.

(HealthDay)—Family physicians can play a role in addressing and preventing violence in the community, according to a Jan. 17 letter to President Obama from the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Noting that the causes of are complex, Jeffrey J. Cain, M.D., president of the AAFP, wrote to President Obama, on behalf of the AAFP, to express the willingness of family physicians to use their time and resources to focus on addressing violence in the community and thereby improving the health of patients.

According to the letter, the AAFP commends both the executive order enabling physicians to discuss gun ownership and safety with their patients and the actions to end the restriction on the U.S. 's gun-related violence research and data collection. Gun safety must form part of the solution to violence, and the AAFP expressed support for evaluating the effect of regulations, interventions, and strategies for preventing firearm-related injuries and fatalities. Finally, the AAFP agrees that more attention should be devoted to identifying and appropriately treating mental illness, and believes that family physicians are well-placed to assist in improving access to .

"We are committed to doing out part to provide our members with the best information and resources to empower them to be a part of a national strategy and solution," Cain concludes.

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TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (4) Jan 25, 2013
...the willingness of family physicians to use their time and resources to focus on prevention programs addressing violence in the community and thereby improving the health of patients.
Translation: '...the willingness to find new things to do as online diagnosis, robotic surgery, nurse practitioners, and other such alternatives to traditional medicine are eroding their incomes.'

Doctors are only too eager to label gun violence a disease so they can be paid lots of money to study it and treat it. If they were serious about actually doing something to fix it, they would be drawing attention to some of the things which cause it - like the damage done to the brains and nervous systems of unborn children by addicted, smoking, and drunken mothers who are unfit to bear children in the first place..

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