Studies document risks of assault for healthcare workers

From Reuters:

Looking to avoid a profession where the risk of assault is high? You might want to stay away from police work, the military and . . . healthcare.

A new report that reviews research on assaults against doctors, nurses and other medical personnel concludes that healthcare workers often experience physical and verbal attacks, and, all too often, little is done to address it.

“Health care workplace violence is an underreported, ubiquitous, and persistent problem that has been tolerated and largely ignored,” writes Dr. James Phillips of Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Our industry is, statistically, the most violent non-law-enforcement industry in the United States. And that’s using government statistics that have been shown to under-report the actual violence that takes place by up to 70 percent,” he told Reuters Health.

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