Workplace Violence Among Health Care Professionals in Public and Private Health Facilities in Bangladesh

Shahjalal, Md. and Gow, Jeff ORCID: and Alam, Mohammad M. and Ahmed, Tanvir and Chakma, Samar K. and Mohsin, Faroque M. and Hawlader, Mohammad D. H. and Mahumud, Rashidul A. ORCID: (2021) Workplace Violence Among Health Care Professionals in Public and Private Health Facilities in Bangladesh. International Journal of Public Health, 66:1604396. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1661-8556

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Objectives: The main objectives of this study were to examine the prevalence of workplace violence (WPV), its associated factors and explore the experiences of healthcare workers. Methods: A hospital-based cross-sectional study design used a nationally representative sample of 1,081 healthcare workers covering eight administrative divisions of Bangladesh. Logistic regression analysis was employed to estimate the adjusted effect of independent factors on WPV among healthcare workers. Results: Of the participants, 43% (468) experienced some form of WPV. Of those, 84% reported experiencing nonphysical violence, and 16% experienced physical violence in the past year. About 65% of victims claimed no action was taken to investigate the incident, and 44% reported no consequence for perpetrators. Four factors: being married (AOR = 1.63; CI: 1.12–2.39); public sector healthcare worker (AOR = 2.74; CI:1.99–3.76); working in an emergency department (AOR = 2.30; CI:1.03–5.12); and undertaking shift work (AOR = 1.52; CI: 1.10–2.11) were found to be significantly associated with WPV. One-third of the participants were worried about violence in their workplace. Conclusion: WPV is highly prevalent among healthcare workers in Bangladesh. Formal guidelines for reporting and managing WPV are urgently needed at the individual, hospital, and national levels.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2022 00:24
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2022 00:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: healthcare workers; non-physical violence; physical violence; prevention; workplace of violence
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420505 Nursing workforce
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200399 Provision of health and support services not elsewhere classified
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