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Violence against mental health staff: a survey in a Nigerian psychiatric hospital

  • Dominic Ignatius Ukpong (a1), Olugbenga Owoeye (a2), Owoidoho Udofia (a3), Festus Abasiubong (a4) and Sunday Ukpong (a4)...
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Aims and method

A survey was conducted to investigate physical assaults against mental health staff of a Nigerian psychiatric hospital in a 12-month period and also during their working career in the hospital retrospectively using a questionnaire method.

Results

In total, 101 out of 120 questionnaires were completed (response rate 84.2%). Within the period of their employment in the hospital 49.5% of staff had been physically assaulted at least once, and over the previous 12 months 33.7% had been physically assaulted. Nursing staff (82.3%) were more frequently assaulted than doctors, most often during routine assessment of patients (44.3%). In total, 88% of staff sustained injuries requiring medical attention. Vulnerability to assaults was not associated with attending a course on prevention and management of psychiatric patient violence.

Clinical implications

Assaults by patients against mental health staff, especially nurses, are quite widespread in Nigeria. There is a need to formulate policies on prevention and management of violence in people with mental disorders in Nigerian psychiatric hospitals.

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Dominic Ignatius Ukpong (ukpongdi@yahoo.com)
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Violence against mental health staff: a survey in a Nigerian psychiatric hospital

  • Dominic Ignatius Ukpong (a1), Olugbenga Owoeye (a2), Owoidoho Udofia (a3), Festus Abasiubong (a4) and Sunday Ukpong (a4)...
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