The persistent pandemic of violence against health care workers

Ashleigh Watson, Mohammad Jafari, Ali Seifi

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Violence against health care workers is an ever-present threat that has been increasing over the past several years. The majority of physicians and nurses report that they have been victims of workplace violence at least once throughout their careers. Such violent attacks negatively affect the delivery, quality, and accessibility of health care. Certain factors such as substance abuse and intense emotions increase an individual’s risk of committing an act of workplace violence against a health care worker. Encountering violent individuals has legal implications and can compromise the moral framework of physicians. With action from institution administrations, advocates, leaders, and government, this issue that detrimentally affects health care can be combatted and reduced. By implementing required staff training, increasing security, strengthening the doctor-patient relationship, using medical chaperones, and reforming policy, positive changes can be made to protect health care workers and the health care system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E377-E379
JournalAmerican Journal of Managed Care
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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