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Research on pediatric firearms deaths is underfunded

Key clinical point: Federal research in pediatric deaths from firearms is significantly underfunded.

Major finding: Although firearms is the second highest cause of death in children and adolescents, funding for research into deaths by firearms lags far behind the first and third causes.

Study details: Researchers used the WONDER database to identify and quantify the leading causes of child and adolescent deaths in the United States and the Reporter database and PubMed to determine funding and research into various causes of pediatric death.

Disclosures: The authors provided no disclosures.


Cunningham R et al. Health Affairs. 2019. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00476.