Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Setting

Dan Hartley, EdD; Marilyn Ridenour, BSN, MBA, MPH


September 13, 2011

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Assaults in healthcare facilities are all too common. Fortunately, most are not severe enough to result in time off from work, and far fewer are fatal. However, many of these incidents are not reported, so the root causes are never known and do not contribute to the enhancement of violence prevention strategies. To prevent assaults, healthcare facilities should implement workplace violence prevention programs that include training on early recognition of patient agitation, de-escalation techniques, response to violent incidents, and reporting procedures.


The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


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