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Capitol Health Call
June 14, 2016

Workers in Health Care Facilities More Likely to Have Injuries Due to Violence

JAMA. 2016;315(22):2389. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7326

People who work in health care facilities experience higher rates of nonfatal injuries due to violence in the workplace than workers overall, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which called for new efforts to protect these workers (http://1.usa.gov/21qWGwh).

Department of Labor (DOL) data show that in 2013, private-sector health care workers in hospitals and other inpatient facilities were at least 5 times more likely than private-sector workers in general to need to take days off from work because of violence-related injuries, according to the GAO report.

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