Analysis of violence against health care workers through medical surveillance at the workplace in a 8-yr period [Analisi delia violenza contro i lavoratori delia Sanità durante Ia sorveglianza sanitaria in un periodo di 8 anni]
Magnavita N.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart |
Heponiemi T.,Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare |
Bevilacqua L.,Azienda Sanitaria Locale RMF |
Capri A.,Azienda Sanitaria Locale RMF |
And 12 more authors.
Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia | Year: 2011
Physical and moral violence against the workers of a local public health unit perspectively studied in the period 2005-2011. Data were collected during periodic medical surveillance of all workers exposed to risk and with more than one year of seniority. The prevalence of the phenomenon is constant in the period under review. On average, each year a worker in ten is physically assaulted, and one in five is subjected to verbal abuse. The professional groups most exposed to violence are nurses (OR 2.67 IC95% 1.63-4.39) and doctors (OR 2.44 IC95% 1.34-4.46). The areas at greatest risk are the psychiatric care (OR 25.7, IC95% 11.1-59.6) and emergency and first aid (OR 8.8, CI95% 3.8-20.5). The workplace violence against health workers requires urgent preventive interventions. © PI-ME, Pavia 2011.