Psychological Violence in the Health Care Settings in Iran: A Cross-Sectional Study

Fallahi Khoshknab, M. and Oskouie, F. and Najafi, F. and Ghazanfari, N. and Tamizi, Z. and Ahmadvand, H. (2015) Psychological Violence in the Health Care Settings in Iran: A Cross-Sectional Study. Nurs Midwifery Stud, 4 (1). e24320.

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Background: Psychological violence is the most common form of workplace violence that can affect professional performance and job satisfaction of health care workers. Although several studies have been conducted in Iran, but there is no consensus regarding current status of such violence. Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of psychological violence among healthcare workers employed at teaching hospitals in Iran. Patients and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 5874 health professionals were selected using multistage random sampling. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire developed by the International Labor Organization, International Council of Nurses, World Health Organization, and Public Services International. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. Results: It was found that 74.7% of the participants were subjected to psychological violence during the past 12 months. Totally, 64.5% of psychological violence was committed by patients’ families, but 50.9% of participants had not reported the violence, and 69.9% of them believed that reporting was useless. Conclusions: The results are indicative of high prevalence of psychological violence against healthcare workers. Considering non-reporting of violence in more than half of participants, use of an appropriate reporting system and providing training programs for health professionals in order to prevent and manage workplace violence are essential.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Psychology
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery Studies journal
Depositing User: ART . editor
Date Deposited: 04 May 2017 12:31
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 14:12

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