Healthcare employees’ work-related victimization and use of preventive measures

Gordon L. Gillespie, Bonnie S. Fisher


Work-related victimization affects 14.6 per 10,000 employees in the United States annually. Little is known about work-related victimization in healthcare or the preventive measures taken by employees and employers. A secondary analysis was conducted of the Workplace Risk Supplement (WRS) data from 4,213 healthcare employees. Mental health field employees reported a significantly higher percentage of being victimized while at work, worrying about victimization, having knowledge of rules or guidelines addressing workplace violence, and receiving education/information on workplace violence compared to medical field respondents. Implications for hospital administrators based on study results are presented.

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Journal of Hospital Administration

ISSN 1927-6990(Print)   ISSN 1927-7008(Online)

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