Clinician safety is a serious concern for health care professionals because of the great risk of violence in health care workplaces, especially emergency and mental health departments. Assaults on mental health staff are often encountered from patients who are intoxicated with, or suffering withdrawal symptoms from, substances. Additionally, violence toward mental health professionals is frequently encountered from patients diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, personality disorders, learning disabilities, and mental retardation. Incidents of assault are often ignored by victims and administrators. Administrators must implement several measures to prevent clinician assault.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health