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Title: Prevalence of sexual harassment of nurses and nursing students in China : a meta-analysis of observational studies
Authors: Zeng, LN
Zong, QQ
Zhang, JW
Lu, L
An, FR
Ng, CH
Ungvari, GS
Yang, FY
Cheung, T 
Chen, LG
Xiang, YT
Keywords: Sexual harassment
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Ivyspring International Publisher
Source: International journal of biological sciences, 2019, v. 15, no. 4, p. 749-756 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of biological sciences 
Abstract: Sexual harassment experienced by nurses and nursing students is common and significantly associated with negative consequences. This study is a meta-analysis of the pooled prevalence of sexual harassment of nurses and nursing students in China. Electronic databases (PubMed, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Web of Science and Ovid, China National Knowledge Internet, WanFang, SinoMed and Chinese VIP Information) were independently and systematically searched by two reviewers from their commencement date to 12 March 2018. Forty-one studies that reported the prevalence of sexual harassment were analyzed using the random-effects model. The pooled prevalence of sexual harassment was 7.5% (95% CI: 5.5%-10.1%), with 7.5% (5.5%-10.2%) in nurses and 7.2% (3.0%-16.2%) in nursing students. Subgroup analyses showed that the year of survey and sample size were significantly associated with the prevalence of sexual harassment, but not the seniority of nursing staff, department, hospital, economic region, timeframe, age, working experience or subtypes of harassment. In China, sexual harassment was found to be common in nurses and nursing students. Considering the significant negative impact of sexual harassment, effective preventive and workplace measures should be developed.
EISSN: 1449-2288
DOI: 10.7150/ijbs.28144
Rights: © Ivyspring International Publisher. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY-NC) license( See for full terms and conditions.
The following publication Zeng LN, Zong QQ, Zhang JW, Lu L, An FR, Ng CH, Ungvari GS, Yang FY, Cheung T, Chen L, Xiang YT. Prevalence of sexual harassment of nurses and nursing students in China: a meta-analysis of observational studies. Int J Biol Sci 2019; 15(4):749-756 is available at
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