Perceptions of Violence in the Emergency Department

Ayn Embar-Seddon, Capella University

ABSTRACT
This research investigates the assertion that violence in hospital emergency departments (the most dangerous area of the hospital) and concern about violence (fear of crime/fear of victimization) are significant environmental stressors in the workplace. This study uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to discover how hospital personnel perceive violence and the threat of violence (answering the question "what is violence?"), which types of patients (or non-patients) pose the greatest threat of violence, and what precautions (both target-hardening and training) have been taken to ensure the safety of emergency department personnel.

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