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Getting past the “f” word in federally funded public health research
  1. C C Branas,
  2. D J Wiebe,
  3. C W Schwab,
  4. T S Richmond
  1. University of Pennsylvania, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr C C Branas
 Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania, Room 829 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021 USA;

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Globally, up to 270 000 people are killed by firearms in non-conflict related situations each year. The total number of people who are shot is surely larger, probably substantially so, making firearm injuries a leading public health problem around the world. The Americas contend with the highest rates of firearm death in the world and the United States, even with its advanced economic standing, is a major contributor to these high rates.1 It is thus not surprising that much of the research on firearm injury has been conducted by US investigators.

As a recent example, the US National Academies’ National Research Council report, Firearms and violence: a critical review, reminds …

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