Christian D. Pulcini, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H.
(JUNE 7, 2023) Greater efforts are needed to connect children with mental health services after a firearm injury, according to a study by a research consortium of Children’s Hospital Association professionals that included Christian D. Pulcini, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H., assistant professor of emergency medicine, Healio reported.
“Three in five children do not receive mental health services after a firearm injury despite it being a known traumatic event that can lead to serious mental health conditions,” Pulcini said. “There is a window of opportunity to identify and treat mental health conditions early among those children affected by firearm injury. It is imperative that [primary care physicians] and pediatricians remain cognizant of this to provide timely screening and treatment, given how prevalent firearm injuries are among children unfortunately in the U.S.”
The study, “Timing of Mental Health Service Use After a Pediatric Firearm Injury,” was published in the journal Pediatrics on June 5, 2023.
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