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Prevalence of medical workplace violence and the shortage of secondary and tertiary interventions among healthcare workers in China.

Prevalence of medical workplace violence and the shortage of secondary and tertiary interventions among healthcare workers in China.
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Hall BJ, Xiong P, Chang K, Yin M, Sui XR,


Hall BJ, Xiong P, Chang K, Yin M, Sui XR, (click to view)

Hall BJ, Xiong P, Chang K, Yin M, Sui XR,

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Journal of epidemiology and community health 2018 02 23() pii jech-2016-208602
Abstract

Medical workplace violence (MWV) is a key occupational hazard facing medical professionals worldwide. MWV involves incident where medical staff are abused, threatened and assaulted. MWV affects the health and well-being of medical staff exposed, causes significant erosion of patient-physician trust and leads to poorer health outcomes for patients. In China, the prevalence of MWV appears to be rising. Laws were enacted to keep medical staff safe, but clear surveillance and enforcement is needed to improve the condition. In the current essay, we conducted a systematic literature review to identify secondary and tertiary prevention programmes designed to ameliorate psychological suffering following MWV. This review identified only 10 published studies. A critical gap in the intervention literature exists with regard to addressing the public health burden of MWV.

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