Experience of workplace violence in health care settings of Bangladesh: Understanding the problems and preventive strategies
Survey procedures: We used convenience sampling to recruit participants. A structured questionnaire was used to collect the information about socio-demographic, health care settings, health care sectors, details of violence experienced, problems, its effect and, preventive measures. We obtained oral permission from hospital management authority. Then we invited health workers on duty on surveying days to fill in the questionnaire, including doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians and administrative staff who had patient contact in their daily practices. Before conducting this survey, the study objectives, aims, methods and benefit of this study were explained to participants. Findings: A total of 1,081 healthcare workers were participated in this study from all over Bangladesh (Table 1). The mean age of the participants was 30.83 (SD: 6.75; min:20, max:67). The majority of the participants were physicians (64%), female 52.3%, <35 years of age (71.5%) and married (60.2%). More than half of the participants were working in tertiary health care settings (72.7%) and public health care sectors (55%). About 61.4% of participants had <6 years of experience in working in different departments, while 51.8% were not working in rotating shifts. The majority of the respondents (23.9%) participated from Dhaka division.