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Focus on Workplace Violence in Healthcare

Shaping Workplace Violence Mitigtion Strategies for a Healthy Hospital

Compared to most other sectors, workers in healthcare—who represent every cultural background and socioeconomic level—are at a higher risk of workplace violence in the United States. Healthcare staff are exposed to a high amount of violence and are estimated to have a 20 percent higher chance of being a victim of workplace violence than the average worker. A 2021 study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine found that 12 percent of surveyed emergency room nurses were victims of physical assault.