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The purpose of the capstone project was to identify a procedure to increase the number of lethal means safety encounters occurring with the veteran population. Ultimately, the capstone had a dual focus to address this goal, as the systematic literature review focused on a research question separate from the remaining papers.

The systematic literature review asked, “what are veterans’ perspectives of discussing firearm safety with healthcare providers?” Through the review process, and the utilization of a meta-ethnography approach, two third-order constructs were formulated. These constructs identified that veterans view the provider as responsible for trust and rapport development, in addition to having working knowledge regarding legal ramifications of another person taking possession of means. Without the third-order constructs, veterans identified feeling cautious or even targeted by firearm safety discussions.

The conceptual and practice application papers addressed the second focus regarding proposal of a predictive-based assessment that can increase the number of lethal means safety encounters. Predictive-based theories or what is commonly known as ideation-to-action theories were explored throughout the conceptual paper. Through this exploration, the utilization of an assessment based on constructs of acquired capability for suicide began to develop. From this development, the practice application paper explored a brief case study which detailed application of the assessment in practice. Lastly, it explored future recommendations and considerations for practice application and research.

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