Year: 1991 Source: American Journal of Epidemiology, v.134, no.5, (September 1, 1991), p.511-521 SIEC No: 19911061

The authors determined population-based incidence rates of firearm injury among residents of Galveston, Texas, from 1979-1981 by using police, emergency department, hospital, emergency medical services, medical examiner & vital records to identify 239 firearm injury cases. The overall case fatality rate was 30%, including 81% of the parasuicides/suicides. Results are discussed with respect to policy recommendations for reducing firearm injuries. (38 refs.)