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Title: Workplace violence towards nurses in Hong Kong : prevalence and correlates
Authors: Cheung, T
Yip, PSF
Keywords: Cross-sectional
DASS(21)
Nurses
Occupational hazards
Workplace violence
Public health
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: BioMed Central
Source: BMC public health, 2017, v. 17, 196 How to cite?
Journal: BMC public health 
Abstract: Background: Nurses are especially vulnerable to violent and other forms of aggression in the workplace. Nonetheless, few population-based studies of workplace violence have been undertaken among working-age nurse professionals in Hong Kong in the last decade.
Methods: The study estimates the prevalence and examines the socio-economic and psychological correlates of workplace violence (WPV) among professional nurses in Hong Kong. The study uses a cross-sectional survey design. Multivariate logistic regression examines the weighted prevalence rates of WPV and its associated factors for a population of nurses.
Results: A total of 850 nurses participated in the study. 44.6% had experienced WPV in the preceding year. Male nurses reported more WPV than their female counterparts. The most common forms of WPV were verbal abuse/bullying (39.2%), then physical assault (22.7%) and sexual harassment (1.1%). The most common perpetrators of WPV were patients (36.6%) and their relatives (17.5%), followed by colleagues (7.7%) and supervisors (6.3%). Clinical position, shift work, job satisfaction, recent disturbances with colleagues, deliberate self-harm (DSH) and symptoms of anxiety were significantly correlated with WPV for nurses.
Conclusions: WPV remains a significant concern for healthcare worldwide. Hong Kong's local health authority should put in place a raft of zero-tolerance measures to prevent WPV in healthcare settings.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/64584
EISSN: 1471-2458
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4112-3
Rights: © The Author(s). 2017 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver(http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Cheung, T., & Yip, P. S. (2017). Workplace violence towards nurses in Hong Kong: prevalence and correlates. BMC public health, 17(1), 196 is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4112-3
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