Violence against primary health care workers in Al-Hassa, Saudi Arabia

J Interpers Violence. 2010 Apr;25(4):716-34. doi: 10.1177/0886260509334395. Epub 2009 Jun 3.

Abstract

This self-report questionnaire study was carried out in Al-Hassa, Saudi Arabia to highlight the magnitude, predictors, and circumstances of workplace violence against primary health care (PHC) workers. A total of 1,091 workers completed a self-administered questionnaire. About 28% were exposed to at least one violent event during the past year. Logistic regression analysis revealed that the most important predictors of violence are high education of workers (OR = 9.3), working in emergency clinics (OR = 6.8), and in Hegar (OR = 3.2). Emotional and physical violence accounted for 92.1% and 7.9% of violent events, respectively. Unmet needs of patients, overcrowding, and reaction to injury or illness were the leading contributing factors for violence. There is a need for violence prevention and control program in health care facilities.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aggression
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control
  • Occupational Exposure / prevention & control
  • Occupational Exposure / statistics & numerical data*
  • Occupational Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prevalence
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Safety Management / organization & administration
  • Saudi Arabia / epidemiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workplace / statistics & numerical data