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Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll Finds Nearly Two Thirds of Americans Support More Stringent Gun Laws

Respondents Split on Doctor’s Right to Ask about Presence of a Firearm in the Home

Ann Arbor, MI, Jul. 19, 2013 — Nearly two thirds of Americans believe gun laws should be more stringent than they currently are, according to the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll.

Truven Health Analytics™ and NPR conduct a monthly poll to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range of health issues.

The survey asked respondents to share their views on gun control. The results found that 61 percent of Americans believe that current gun laws should either be somewhat or much more strict, an opinion that was found more frequently with ascending age and level of education. Thirteen percent of respondents said gun laws should be more or much more lenient. Roughly one third of respondents (34 percent) said they currently own a gun.

When asked if they believe healthcare providers should be allowed to ask about a presence of a gun in their household, 34 percent said yes. Forty four percent believe that healthcare providers should be banned from asking their patients about the presence of a gun in their households. Only 7 percent of respondents said they had ever been asked by a healthcare provider about a presence of gun in the home.

“This is one of the nation’s most polarizing issues, and, as our survey results show, Americans are split on the role a healthcare provider should play in helping to identify potential gun injury risk, ” said Michael Taylor, M.D., chief medical officer at Truven Health Analytics. “However, from a purely clinical perspective, it is impossible to ignore the enormous amount of injuries and fatalities that result from gun violence and gun accidents each year.”

To date, the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll has explored numerous health topics, including generic drugs, abortion, vaccines, food allergies, and organic and genetically modified foods. NPR's reports on the surveys are archived online at the Shots health blog here.

Truven Health Analytics maintains a library of poll results here.

The Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll is powered by the Truven Health PULSESM Healthcare Survey, the nation’s largest and longest-running independently funded, nationally representative telephone poll that collects information about health-related behaviors and attitudes and healthcare utilization from more than 100, 000 US households annually. Survey questions are developed in conjunction with NPR. The figures in this month's poll are based on 3, 009 participants interviewed from April 1-15, 2013. The margin of error is 1.8 percent.

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About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business, provides market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies and policymakers, the facts they need to make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the US and around the world. The company was acquired by IBM in 2016 to help form a new business, Watson Health. Watson Health aspires to improve lives and give hope by delivering innovation to address the world’s most pressing health challenges through data and cognitive insights.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler® and ActionOI®. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL, and Denver, CO.


Brian Erni
For Truven Health Analytics
J. Roderick, Inc. Public Relations