The incidence of workplace violence increased by 23% annually from 2012 to 2015 at the 106 U.S. hospitals included in a recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Nursing assistants and nurses had the highest crude workplace violence injury rates per 1000 full‐time equivalent (FTE) workers, with adjusted workplace violence injury rates that were significantly higher than those of non‐patient care personnel.

“Workplace violence is a serious, increasingly common problem in Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN)‐participating hospitals,” conclude the study’s authors, who say that improved data collection is needed for OHSN to realize its full potential.

The authors of the study are: Matthew R. Groenewold PhD, MSPH; Raymond F.R. Sarmiento MD; Kelly Vanoli; William Raudabaugh; Susan Nowlin; Ahmed Gomaa MD, ScD, MSPH

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