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Half of doctors experience violence or abuse from patients

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 16 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:889
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Half of all doctors in the United Kingdom experience some degree of violence or abuse from patients, including verbal abuse, threats, and physical assaults, a survey published this week has found. But many feel too guilty or embarrassed to report violent patients and blame themselves or the incompetencies of the healthcare system.

    GPs, and hospital doctors working in accident and emergency medicine, psychiatry, and obstetrics and gynaecology are the most likely to experience abuse, with a quarter facing five or more such episodes in a year, shows the survey, conducted by the BMA.

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