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Abuse in the workplace: experience of specialist registrars

  • Shalini Reddy (a1) and Carole Kaplan (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

A survey was conducted to determine the experience of verbal and physical abuse among specialist registrars and the availability of training on managing abusive patients. A self-report questionnaire was sent to all specialist registrars working in the Northern Deanery.

Results

Completed surveys were received from 30 out of the 49 trainees (61% response rate). Twenty-three respondents (77%) reported being abused; all reported verbal abuse and 2 (9%) reported physical abuse. The experience of trainees of abuse differed between White doctors and those from other ethnic groups. The majority of trainees had received no training to deal with abuse.

Clinical Implications

In view of the high prevalence of abuse experienced by trainees, interventions to prevent both verbal and physical abuse should be identified. There should also be formal support for managing abuse and improved recording of abusive incidents.

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Abuse in the workplace: experience of specialist registrars

  • Shalini Reddy (a1) and Carole Kaplan (a2)
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Support for abuse in the workplace

Vishal Agrawal, SpR in Psychiatry
10 November 2006



The article about abuse in the workplace highlights a very important and often overlooked aspect of working in psychiatry. Although a small sample, one gets a feeling that a lot of psychiatrists accept abuse as part of their jobs. This is a very worrying trend, which must be looked into.For me, the fact that only about half of the respondents who suffered abuse sought any kind of support is concerning. Besides, the level, expertise and quality of support received must have been very variable in spite of being very valuable to the individuals who received it.The good news is that the College is very aware of these issues and is in the process of developing a Membership Support Service within the College. It is hoped that this service will be beneficial, particularly in situations described in the article, besides many other situations where members of the college may find themselves under particular stress and need support.Of course, education of service users, carers and mental health professionals is also vital to tackle this problem. ... More

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