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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(6), 1274; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061274

Prevalence and Consequences of Aggression and Violence towards Nursing and Care Staff in Germany—A Survey

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Competence Centre for Epidemiology and Health Services Research for Healthcare Professionals (CVcare), University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), 20246 Hamburg, Germany
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Department for Occupational Medicine, Hazardous Substances and Public Health Accident Insurance and Prevention in the Health and Welfare Services (BGW), 22089 Hamburg, Germany
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Received: 4 May 2018 / Revised: 8 June 2018 / Accepted: 13 June 2018 / Published: 15 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Occupational Safety and Health)
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Acts of aggression by patients or clients are a part of the average working day for many Health care employees. The objective of the survey was to study the frequency and nature of violence and the handling of aggressive behavior by facility management. The cross-sectional study was conducted in 2017, 81 different healthcare facilities and 1984 employees participated. The questionnaire encompassed socio-demographic details, the frequency of physical violence and verbal abuse, consequences of violence and the stress of employees. In the previous twelve months, 94.1% of the employees in the survey had experienced verbal abuse and 69.8% had experienced physical aggression. Acts of aggression were most commonly encountered in hospitals and residential facilities for the disabled. One third of the employees felt under high levels of stress as a result of the incidents. If the workplace prepares effectively, however, this reduces the perceived stress odds ratio (OR) 0.6, 95% CI 0.4–0.8). Violence and aggression are very common. Healthcare facilities are increasingly dealing with this topic. Awareness raising is likely to lead to higher incident reporting rates. Good preparation and an open approach to the topic in the facilities have a positive effect on the feeling of stress and work ability. View Full-Text
Keywords: violence; aggression; nurses; care staff; stress perception; professional management of violent attacks violence; aggression; nurses; care staff; stress perception; professional management of violent attacks
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Schablon, A.; Wendeler, D.; Kozak, A.; Nienhaus, A.; Steinke, S. Prevalence and Consequences of Aggression and Violence towards Nursing and Care Staff in Germany—A Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1274.

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