MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Ashwini Sehgal, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Bioethics, School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Director and Duncan Neuhauser Professor of Community Health Improvement, Center for Reducing Health Disparities,
Case Western School of Medicine
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
News media and politicians frequently discuss the high toll of deaths from firearms and drug overdoses. They usually mention the numbers of deaths, citing figures like 40,000 firearm deaths last year, or death rates such as 20 overdose deaths per 100,000 population. But for most people, it's hard to grasp the real meaning of both the large absolute numbers and the small annual rates. So in a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine
, I used official death certificate data to calculate the chance that an American child will die from a gunshot or a drug overdose over the course of a lifetime.