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Survey of threats and assaults by patients on psychiatry residents
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Yael Dvir, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Emiko Moniwa, University of Toronto
  • Holly Crisp-Han, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Dana Levy, University of California - Los Angeles
  • John H. Coverdale, Baylor College of Medicine
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Department of Psychiatry
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Internship and Residency; Psychiatry; Safety; Mentally Ill Persons; Physician-Patient Relations

OBJECTIVE: The authors sought to determine the prevalence of threats and assaults by patients on psychiatry residents, their consequences, and the perceived adequacy of supports and institutional responses.

METHOD: Authors conducted an anonymous survey of 519 psychiatry residents in 13 psychiatry programs across the United States. The survey questionnaire inquired about residents' experiences of threats and assaults by patients during their residency training.

RESULTS: The response rate for this survey was 39% (N=204). Residents were most commonly threatened (N=175; 86%), physically intimidated (N=145; 71%) or received unwanted advances (N=118; 58%). One-quarter (N=51; 25%) were physically assaulted. Most of the incidents occurred in inpatient settings (N=92; 45%).

CONCLUSION: This study, like previous studies on this topic, calls attention to the high number of residents that are affected by violence during their training, and it underscores the need to protect the safety of psychiatry residents and to support those who have been victimized.

DOI of Published Version
Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Jan 1;36(1):39-42. Link to article on publisher's site
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Yael Dvir, Emiko Moniwa, Holly Crisp-Han, Dana Levy, et al.. "Survey of threats and assaults by patients on psychiatry residents" Vol. 36 Iss. 1 (2012) ISSN: 1042-9670 (Linking)
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