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Title: Work-related assaults on nursing staff in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Authors: Mohamed, Ashry Gad
Keywords: Workplace violence
Occupational risk
Nursing hazards
Medical Sciences
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Journal of Family and Community Medicine
Citation: Journal of Family and Community Medicine: 9(3): 51-56
Abstract: Objective: To dtermine the extent of work-related violence against nurses working in hospitals in Riyadh Materials and methods: Through cross sectional approach a self administered questionnaire was offered to 500 active-duty nurses selected randomly. In addition to the demographic characteristics, the questionnaire inquired about exposure to workplace violence, hospital and department of employment at the time of exposure, characteristics of the assailent and nurses’ perception of causes of violence. Results: Out of 434 respondents, 93 (21.4%) were males, 341 (78.6%) females, The mean age was 36.1 ± 7.97 years. Workplace violence was experienced by 235 (54.3%) nurses, among them 93.2% exposed to harsh insulting language nurses, 32.8% to verbal threat, 28.1% to attempts of physical assault, 17.4% to sexual harassment and 16.2% to physical assaults. Nurses worked in psychiatry and emergency had the highest rate of exposure to violence (84.3% & 62.1% respectively) Nurses perceived shortage in security personnel (82%), shortage in nursing staff (63%), language barrier (36.3%) and unrestricted movement of attendents in hospitals (21.5%) as causes of their espusure to violence. Recommendations: improve security in hospitals through increasing the number of security officers in duty and increase the community awareness regarding the problem.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/6709
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