Workplace violence against healthcare workers in Bangladesh
According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Public Health, workplace violence among healthcare workers in Bangladesh was very high (43.3%).
Of those, 84% reported non-physical violence, and 16% reported physical violence in the past year. Approximately 14.3% of victims reported being injured, and 22.4% quit their jobs due to violence. About 65% claimed no one investigated the event, 44% reported no one punished the offenders, and 79.7% were dissatisfied with the outcome.
Work shifts and working in an emergency department were linked to workplace violence (WPV). WPV is rampant among Bangladeshi healthcare workers. Reporting and managing WPV guidelines are urgently needed at all levels.
The study was supervised by the Chairman of the Department of Public Health of North South University Dr Mohammad Delwer Hossain Hawlader.