Aggression and violence towards health care providers--a problem in Turkey?

J Forensic Leg Med. 2007 Oct;14(7):423-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2007.03.004. Epub 2007 Jul 12.


Health care providers are increasingly concerned about the escalating incidence of verbal and physical abuse to healthcare staff. Factors, such as long wait in hospital areas, which lead to client frustration over an inability to obtain needed services promptly, are influencing these situations. Nonetheless, incidents of this nature can cause immense psychological harm as well as physical damage among medical employees. The current study aimed to ascertain from staff members aggressive experiences in the workplace, and the effects on the individual. The results of this study mirrored those of similar surveys in Turkey. Non-reporting was revealed as a major problem. Respondents believed they were treated less seriously than similar incidents involving private citizens. Accordingly, staff criticized hospital managers, the police, and the courts for their attitude about assaults towards hospital employees. They reported feeling vulnerable to abuse and there was a general desire for training in preventing and protection. These include teaching staff breakaway techniques, increasing the number of trained security officers on duty, issuing personal alarms, and encouraging staff to officially report all incidents.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aggression*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Female
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Safety Management
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey / epidemiology
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Workplace / psychology