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Threats of physical violence common for staff at psychiatric hospitals

In a survey of 348 workers at a large , 99% of the staff reported verbal conflict with patients, and 70% reported being assaulted during the previous 12 months. Verbal conflict with other staff was also high, at 92%.

The findings, which are published in the , indicate that efforts are needed to identify the factors that contribute to conflict in and to determine how staff should respond to conflicts and assaults.

“We are beginning to broaden our approach to examining the factors that lead to conflict and assault in inpatient settings, and this will help us to design safer environments that are less conducive to these problems,” said lead author Dr. Erin Kelly.

A cross-sectional survey of factors related to inpatient assault of staff in a forensic psychiatric hospital, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12609

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Wiley