The Extent, Nature and Contributing Factors of Violence Against Iranian Emergency Medical Technicians

Soheili, A. and Feizi, A. and Rahmani, A. and Parizad, N. and Sheykh-Kanlou, J. (2016) The Extent, Nature and Contributing Factors of Violence Against Iranian Emergency Medical Technicians. Nurs Midwifery Stud, 5 (3). e29619.

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Abstract

Background: Workplace Violence (WPV) is one of the most complex and dangerous occupational hazards faced by pre-hospital emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Objectives: This study aimed to assess the extent, nature and contributing factors of WPV against EMTs in Urmia, Iran. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 120 EMTs from April to October 2014. A questionnaire was used for collecting the data. Descriptive statistics were applied to the data. Results: Most of the participants (79%) experienced WPV during the past six months. Accident scene was the most important place of violence and the patients’ companions were the main perpetrators of violence. Overall, 76% of violence victims reported “lack of awareness of the EMTs’ duties” as the most important contributing factor for WPV. Conclusions: This study highlighted the high frequency of WPV against EMTs. Evidently, the health care systems’ officials would benefit from taking proper actions in this area, particularly by “staff and public education”.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine
Nursing
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery Studies journal
Depositing User: ART . editor
Date Deposited: 04 May 2017 14:12
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 13:24
URI: http://eprints.kaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/1371

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