Violence toward health workers in Bahrain Defense Force Royal Medical Services' emergency department.

Rafeea, Faisal and Al Ansari, Ahmed and Abbas, Ehab M and Elmusharaf, Khalifa and Abu Zeid, Mohamed S (2017) Violence toward health workers in Bahrain Defense Force Royal Medical Services' emergency department. Open access emergency medicine : OAEM, 9. pp. 113-121. ISSN 1179-1500


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Background Employees working in emergency departments (EDs) in hospital settings are disproportionately affected by workplace violence as compared to those working in other departments. Such violence results in minor or major injury to these workers. In other cases, it leads to physical disability, reduced job performance, and eventually a nonconducive working environment for these workers. Materials and methods A cross-sectional exploratory questionnaire was used to collect data used for the examination of the incidents of violence in the workplace. This study was carried out at the ED of the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Hospital. Participants for the study were drawn from nurses, support staff, and emergency physicians. Both male and female workers were surveyed. Results The study included responses from 100 staff in the ED of the BDF Hospital in Bahrain (doctors, nurses, and support personnel). The most experienced type of violence in the workers in the past 12 months in this study was verbal abuse, which was experienced by 78% of the participants, which was followed by physical abuse (11%) and then sexual abuse (3%). Many cases of violence against ED workers occurred during night shifts (53%), while physical abuse was reported to occur during all the shifts; 40% of the staff in the ED of the hospital were not aware of the policies against workplace violence, and 26% of the staff considered leaving their jobs at the hospital. Conclusion This study reported multiple findings on the number of workplace violence incidents, as well as the characteristics and factors associated with violence exposure in ED staff in Bahrain. The results clearly demonstrate the importance of addressing the issue of workplace violence in EDs in Bahrain and can be used to demonstrate the strong need for interventions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Moneeb Hassan
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 21:10
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2018 21:10

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