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Journal Article

Citation

Lafta RK, Falah N. Med. Conflict. Surviv. 2018; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Affiliation

Ministry of Health.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/13623699.2018.1540095

PMID

30406677

Abstract

The problem of aggression towards health care staff is global. It negatively impacts on their psychological and physical well-being, and on their performance. This study was set to explore the exposure of healthcare personnel city to different forms of violence and the influence of this violence on their work and life. A sample of 700 healthcare workers was collected from six major hospitals and 20 primary health care centers in Baghdad. The questionnaire inquired about exposure to any sort of violence including insult, assaults, and displacement, being arrested, kidnapped, and intentionally injured or threatened at the workplace. More than 85% of respondents reported exposure to violence. The most important reason for violence was the poor medical services and lack of hospital supplies (22.1%). Young doctors were significantly more exposed to violence, especially verbal, mostly during the day. A significant association was seen between exposure to physical violence, male gender and short duration of experience. The most significant source of violence was the patient's relatives.  There is an overwhelming surge of violence against health workers that may adversely reflect on their performance. Passing legislation that protects health workers against violence is an urgent need at this time of unrest.


Language: en

Keywords

Baghdad; Iraq; Violence; health workers

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