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Preventing workplace violence

Medical Staff Leader Insider, June 16, 2016

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Seventy-eight percent of emergency medicine residents and attending physicians reported at least one act of workplace violence in the past year, according to a new report by the AMA Council on Science and Public Health. Twenty-one percent of respondents reported more than one violent act.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were about 23,500-25,600 workplace assaults annually from 2011-2013. About 70% of those occurred in a healthcare or social service setting. As a result, delegates at the AMA Annual Meeting adopted a new policy calling on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop and enforce standards addressing workplace violence in those settings.

The AMA is also calling on Congress to provide additional funding to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to evaluate healthcare worker violence prevention programs and policies. 

Source: AMA Wire



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