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Workplace Violence in Obstetrics and Gynecology Results of a National Survey
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0471-8701
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2019 (English)In: Journal of reproductive medicine, ISSN 0024-7758, E-ISSN 1943-3565, Vol. 64, no 3-4, p. 95-103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the forms, frequency, and impact of workplace violence (WPV) affecting obstetrician-gynecologists.

STUDY DESIGN: Random sampling stratified by geographic district of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists identified 5,000 members who were asked to complete a survey regarding WPV during the preceding 12 months.

RESULTS: A total of 760 (15.2%) questionnaires were returned. Physical assault was reported by 35 (4.7%) respondents, and verbal aggression was report ed by 292 (39.9%) respondents. Females were significantly more likely to experience verbal aggression than were males (OR 2.51; 95% CI 1.77-3.57). The most common reaction to experiencing workplace violence was anger (57.2%), followed by feeling anxious (38.2%), fearful (20.4%), or helpless (17.4%). One hundred seventy-three (57.3%) respondents described enjoying work less (29.1%), considering changing practices (21.5%), less motivation (16.9%), and questioning one's professional abilities or competence (13.6%). A negative impact on patient care was reported by 39.2% of those experiencing WPV. While 72% of respondents acknowledged the WPV reporting systems, 69.9% never reported the incidents.

CONCLUSION: Many obstetrician-gynecologists experience WPV that negatively impacts provider well being and patient care. Most incidents are unreported, despite the existence of reporting systems. Education on violence prevention and clarity on legal and ethical ramifications of WPV is needed.

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St. Louis: Science Printers and Publishers , 2019. Vol. 64, no 3-4, p. 95-103
Keywords [en]
female, gynecology, health facilities, health personnel, humans, male, obstetrics, occupational health/standards, occupational injuries, prevalence, safety management/standards, workplace, workplace violence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-162499ISI: 000462002600004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-162499DiVA, id: diva2:1344534
Available from: 2019-08-21 Created: 2019-08-21 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved

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