Table 4

Activity victim was engaged in when the violence occurred1
Workplace violence Physical abuse Verbal abuse
n % n % n %
Preparing or dispensing medication(s) 65 31.5 6 10.0 59 40.4
Patient consultation 33 16.0 9 15.0 24 16.4
Restraining or trying to calm aggressive patient(s) 21 10.2 20 33.3 1 0.7
Observing or supervising a patient(s) 16 7.8 10 16.7 6 4.1
Dental treatment 11 5.3 2 3.3 9 6.2
Other 11 5.3 1 1.7 10 6.9
Unclear/unable to code 49 23.8 12 20.0 37 25.3
Total 206 100 60 100 146 100

1. Data source: Justice Health, Incident Information Management System.

Study period: 1 July 2007 – 30 June 2010. Frequency missing (n = 2).

Cashmore et al.

Cashmore et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:245   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-245

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