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Physician Beliefs about Physical and Mental Competency of Patients Applying for Concealed Weapon Permits.

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Goldstein, AO; Viera, AJ; Pierson, J; Barnhouse, KK; Tulsky, JA; Richman, BD
Published in: Behav Sci Law
June 2015

Law enforcement officials have asked health care providers to evaluate patient applications for concealed weapon permits. The current study was designed to examine physician beliefs regarding competency to carry a concealed weapon for patients with specific physical and mental conditions. Among 222 North Carolina physicians who participated in this survey (40% response rate), large variation and uncertainty existed for determining competency. Physicians most frequently chose mild dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and recent depression as conditions that would render a patient not competent to carry a concealed weapon. Male physicians and those owning a gun were more likely to deem a patient competent. Almost a third of physicians were unsure about competence for most conditions. Physicians asked to assess competency of patients to carry a concealed weapon have quite disparate views on competency and little confidence in their decisions. If physicians are expected to assess patient competence to carry a concealed weapon, more objective criteria and training are needed.

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Behav Sci Law

DOI

EISSN

1099-0798

Publication Date

June 2015

Volume

33

Issue

2-3

Start / End Page

238 / 245

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Sex Factors
  • Psychiatry
  • Physicians, Family
  • Physicians
  • Physical Fitness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nervous System Diseases
  • Middle Aged
  • Mental Competency
 

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Goldstein, A. O., Viera, A. J., Pierson, J., Barnhouse, K. K., Tulsky, J. A., & Richman, B. D. (2015). Physician Beliefs about Physical and Mental Competency of Patients Applying for Concealed Weapon Permits. Behav Sci Law, 33(2–3), 238–245. https://doi.org/10.1002/bsl.2169
Goldstein, Adam O., Anthony J. Viera, John Pierson, Kathy K. Barnhouse, James A. Tulsky, and Barak D. Richman. “Physician Beliefs about Physical and Mental Competency of Patients Applying for Concealed Weapon Permits.Behav Sci Law 33, no. 2–3 (June 2015): 238–45. https://doi.org/10.1002/bsl.2169.
Goldstein AO, Viera AJ, Pierson J, Barnhouse KK, Tulsky JA, Richman BD. Physician Beliefs about Physical and Mental Competency of Patients Applying for Concealed Weapon Permits. Behav Sci Law. 2015 Jun;33(2–3):238–45.
Goldstein, Adam O., et al. “Physician Beliefs about Physical and Mental Competency of Patients Applying for Concealed Weapon Permits.Behav Sci Law, vol. 33, no. 2–3, June 2015, pp. 238–45. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/bsl.2169.
Goldstein AO, Viera AJ, Pierson J, Barnhouse KK, Tulsky JA, Richman BD. Physician Beliefs about Physical and Mental Competency of Patients Applying for Concealed Weapon Permits. Behav Sci Law. 2015 Jun;33(2–3):238–245.
Journal cover image

Published In

Behav Sci Law

DOI

EISSN

1099-0798

Publication Date

June 2015

Volume

33

Issue

2-3

Start / End Page

238 / 245

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Sex Factors
  • Psychiatry
  • Physicians, Family
  • Physicians
  • Physical Fitness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nervous System Diseases
  • Middle Aged
  • Mental Competency