Violence, aggression and physical assault in healthcare settings
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Violence, aggression and physical assault in healthcare settings

Terry Ferns Senior lecturer, University of Greenwich, School of Health and Social Care, Department of Acute and Continuing Care, London

All healthcare professionals are at risk from violent and aggressive patients, however, it has been found that nurses are at particular risk. The actual incidence is difficult to determine because the definition of what constitutes a physical assault or a violent event is vague. This article considers how the terms violence, aggression and physical assault are conceptualised in the healthcare setting and suggests that nursing staff need to identify and act on any incident that compromises their personal safety.

Nursing Standard. 21, 13,42-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.12.21.13.42.c6389

Correspondence

T.Ferns@gre.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review