Incidents of workplace violence and aggression against healthcare workers have escalated in the last decade, and those incidents are now the fastest growing statistic in the United States. Recent attacks on workers have continued to make headlines at almost a weekly rate, occurring in hospitals, physician offices, home health settings, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing, memory care and more. No healthcare setting is exempt. Although most of such incidents involve nursing staff, all healthcare workers are at risk, and physicians are no exception.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines physical and psychological workplace violence as “incidents where staff are abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances related to their work, including commuting to and from work, involving an explicit or implicit challenge to their safety, wellbeing or health.”
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