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June 14, 1995

Violence in Health Care: A Practical Guide to Coping With Violence and Caring for Victims

Author Affiliations

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Denver

JAMA. 1995;273(22):1796-1797. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520460080043

This book, which is edited by a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Wales College of Medicine, contains chapters by psychiatrists, criminologists, a surgeon, a nurse, a lawyer, and a family practitioner. The target audience includes all health care workers who come into contact with victims of violent crime in a variety of settings, including emergency departments and community clinics within Great Britain.

The handbook provides a summary of the epidemiology of violence, issues pertinent to victims, and basic guidelines for developing safe working environments within a health care setting. A clear summary describes the psychological, physical, and behavioral effects on health care providers who have been assaulted by patients. Studies described in this book were often specific to the United Kingdom, although the principles apply generally and are pertinent for US health care providers.

A 1987 London study indicated that 11% of general practitioners had

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