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Mobbing and Violence at Work as Hidden Stressors and Work Ability among Emergency Medical Doctors in Serbia

Center for Healthcare Analysis, Planning and Organization, Institute of Public Health of Niš, 18000 Niš, Serbia
Department of Social Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Niš, 18000 Niš, Serbia
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Medicina 2020, 56(1), 31;
Received: 21 November 2019 / Revised: 18 December 2019 / Accepted: 28 December 2019 / Published: 13 January 2020
Background and Objectives: People employed in emergency medical services represent a professional group which encounters events beyond ordinary human experience, great work demands, the risk of professional disputes, and stressful situations. The goal of this study is to examine the presence of mobbing and violence at work, as well as their influence on work ability of emergency medical doctors. Materials and Methods: The survey is conducted in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in Niš in the period between December 2017 and January 2018. Using standardized questionnaires on psychosocial conditions in work environment (COPSOQ II) and work ability index (WAI) this study encompasses 79 doctors. For estimation of the examined factors’ influence on WAI linear regression analysis was used. Results: EMS doctors were exposed to abuse in 30.4% of the cases. The decline in WAI is significantly related with exposure to violence by patients (β = 0.727), exposure to physical violence (β = 0.896), exposure to abuse several times (β = 0.691) and exposure to ill-treatment by patients (β = 0.750). Conclusion: The results indicate that in the examined doctors mobbing and workplace violence are very much present and have a negative impact on their work, and therefore on the quality of health care. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobbing; violence; work ability; emergency; medical doctors mobbing; violence; work ability; emergency; medical doctors
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Nikolić, D.; Višnjić, A. Mobbing and Violence at Work as Hidden Stressors and Work Ability among Emergency Medical Doctors in Serbia. Medicina 2020, 56, 31.

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