Violence and threats of violence experienced by public health field-workers.
Context. - Public health workers may work with clients whose behaviors are risks for both infectious disease and violence.
- To assess frequency of violent threats and incidents experienced by public health workers and risk factors associated with incidents.
- Anonymous, self-administered questionnaires.
- Texas sexually transmitted disease (STD), human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), and tuberculosis (TB) programs.
- Questionnaires were completed by 364 (95.5%) of 381 public health workers assigned to the programs.
The STD program employed 131 workers (36%), the HIV/AIDS program, 121 workers (33%), and the TB program, 112 workers (31%). Main Outcome Measures. - The frequencies with which workers had ever experienced (while on the job) verbal threats, weapon threats, physical attacks, and rape, and risk factors associated with those outcomes.
- A total of 139 (38%) of 364 workers reported 611 violent incidents.
Verbal threats were reported by 136 workers (37%), weapon threats by 45 (12%), physical attacks by 14 (4%), and rape by 3 (1%). Five workers (1%) carried guns and/or knives while working.
In multiple logistic regression, receipt of verbal threats was associated with worker's male sex (odds ratio [OR], 2.4 ; 95% confidence interval [Cl], 1.5-4.0), white ethnicity (OR, 2.4 ; 95% Cl, 1.4-4.1), experience of 5 years or longer (OR, 2.2 ; 95% Cl, 1.3-3.8), weekend work (OR, 1. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Agent santé, Violence, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Epidémiologie, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health worker, Violence, United States, North America, America, Epidemiology, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0394922
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 25/01/1999.