A pilot study of workplace violence towards paramedics.
Malcolm Boyle, Stella Koritsas, Jan Coles, Janet Stanley
Emergency Medicine Journal | Published : 2007
BACKGROUND: International studies have shown that some 60% of paramedics have experienced physical violence in the workplace, and between 21-78% have experienced verbal abuse. To date, there is no Australian literature describing Australian paramedics' experience of workplace violence. OBJECTIVE: To identify the percentage of paramedics who had experienced six different forms of workplace violence. METHODS: A questionnaire was developed to explore paramedics' experience of workplace violence. Six forms of violence were included: verbal abuse, property damage or theft, intimidation, physical abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. The questionnaire also included a series of demographic ..View full abstract