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Factors influencing workplace violence risk among correctional health workers: Insights from an Australian survey

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posted on 20.04.2018, 00:00 authored by AW Cashmore, D Indig, SE Hampton, Desley Hegney, BB Jalaludin
Little is known about the environmental and organisational determinants of workplace violence in correctional health settings. This paper describes the views of health professionals working in these settings on the factors influencing workplace violence risk. All employees of a large correctional health service in New South Wales, Australia, were invited to complete an online survey. The survey included an open-ended question seeking the views of participants about the factors influencing workplace violence in correctional health settings. Responses to this question were analysed using qualitative thematic analysis. Participants identified several factors that they felt reduced the risk of violence in their workplace, including: appropriate workplace health and safety policies and procedures; professionalism among health staff; the presence of prison guards and the quality of security provided; and physical barriers within clinics. Conversely, participants perceived workplace violence risk to be increased by: low health staff-to-patient and correctional officer-to-patient ratios; high workloads; insufficient or underperforming security staff; and poor management of violence, especially horizontal violence. The views of these participants should inform efforts to prevent workplace violence among correctional health professionals. © La Trobe University 2016.

History

Volume

22

Issue

5

Start Page

461

End Page

465

Number of Pages

5

eISSN

1836-7399

ISSN

1448-7527

Publisher

C S I R O Publishing

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

New South Wales Ministry of Health; University of New South Wales; University of Sydney; Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network; University of Southern Queensland; University of Adelaide

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian Journal of Primary Health