Violence prevention programs in health care

In brief

  • Health care professionals experience higher rates of workplace violence than workers in other occupations, and workplace violence is a growing problem, especially in high risk areas such as long-term care institutions, emergency departments, and acute care wards.
  • Verbal insults or threats, physical assaults, and inappropriate touching can lead to stress, lost productivity, sick time, and injury. Staff recruitment/retention and quality of patient care can suffer as a result.
  • WorkSafeBC accepted 879 work injury claims due to physical assaults in 2014 in the health and social services sectors. In the BC long-term care sector, acts of violence account for 11% of worker injuries (SafeCareBC).

Next steps

  • We are building on existing research into effective violence prevention and occupational health and safety management to develop leading and lagging indicators to best measure the effect of violence prevention initiatives in BC.
  • Identification of the risk factors associated with workplace violence will facilitate preventive action.
  • This study will be conducted in partnership with two BC health authorities, Fraser Health and Island Health, who will facilitate the piloting of potential leading indicators within their facilities.

Learn more about our other work with leading indicators: Occupational Health and Safety Practices Survey

Contact: Suhail Marino

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