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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Clinical Gerontologist

For a Special Issue on
Lethal Means Safety in Older Adults

Abstract deadline
01 February 2023

Manuscript deadline
01 April 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Sherry Beaudreau, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and Stanford Medicine
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Anica Pless Kaiser, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
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Lethal Means Safety in Older Adults

The Clinical Gerontologist is now accepting papers for a special section on lethal means safety in older adults edited by Sherry A. Beaudreau, PhD, and Anica Pless Kaiser, PhD. Lethal means safety refers to practices that are meant to reduce intentional or accidental injury or death due to firearms, medication, or other potential hazards.

Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Research on best clinical practices to promote safety for medications, firearms, or other potential lethal means in older populations across clinical settings (e.g., outpatient, inpatient, long term care, home-based care).
  • Lethal means safety in the context of suicide or more general safety concerns (e.g., universal firearm safety).
  • Older adult or provider perceptions and knowledge of late life lethal means safety.
  • Assessment of lethal means, tools and psychoeducation, or other intervention strategies are of interest.
  • Strategies to augment the quality of lethal means counseling as part of an existing intervention (e.g., during collaborative safety planning intervention).

Original research using quantitative or qualitative methods, review papers, and clinical studies, especially quality improvement (QI) and other small scale clinical studies, will be considered. Note that inclusion in the special section is at the discretion of the special section editors. It is possible that a paper will be accepted for a regular issue and not the special section.

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract for review prior to their submission to ensure that the topic of the submission aligns with the special section focus.

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