College of Health Sciences
Community & Environmental Health
Public Health- Health Behavior & Promotion
Violence and harassment towards healthcare workers has been an underlying problem throughout history. However, with the rapid and evolving onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the risks that healthcare workers face has been a focal topic of discussion among administration, staff and the public. What was once considered an occupational hazard is now being raised as a public health issue- an epidemic within a pandemic. This literature review seeks to identify the prevalence and causes of violence and harassment towards healthcare workers. Was healthcare violence as prevalent before COVID-19? Has violence increased because patient volume increased? Additionally, this review will determine the mental, physical and social effects on healthcare workers who have endured workplace violence. Current intervention methods will be evaluated and suggestions will be made to address this emergent public health issue.
Workplace violence, Healthcare, COVID-19, Pandemic, Nurses, Patients, Hospitals
Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene | Patient Safety
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Ramandanes, Michaela, "Violence Against Healthcare Workers: an Epidemic within a Pandemic" (2022). College of Health Sciences Posters. 5.