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World Health Organization Publication : 9221134466: Framework Guidelines for Addressing Workplace Violence in the Health Sector

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Title: World Health Organization Publication : 9221134466: Framework Guidelines for Addressing Workplace Violence in the Health Sector  
Author: World Health Organization
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Language: English
Subject: Health., Public health, Wellness programs
Collections: Medical Library Collection, World Health Collection
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Organization, W. H. (n.d.). World Health Organization Publication : 9221134466. Retrieved from http://members.worldlibrary.net/


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1.1 BACKGROUND Workplace violence — be it physical or psychological — has become a global problem crossing borders, work settings and occupational groups. For long a “forgotten” issue, violence at work has dramatically gained momentum in recent years and is now a priority concern in both industrialised and developing countries. Workplace violence affects the dignity of millions of people worldwide. It is a major source of inequality, discrimination, stigmatisation and conflict at the workplace. Increasingly it is becoming a central human rights issue. At the same time, workplace violence is increasingly appearing as a serious, sometimes lethal threat to the efficiency and success of organisations. Violence causes immediate and often long-term disruption to interpersonal relationships, the organization of work and the overall working environment. While workplace violence affects practically all sectors and all categories of workers, the health sector is at major risk. Violence in this sector may constitute almost a quarter of all violence at work. (Nordin, H., 1995) Under the strain of reforms, growing work pressure and stress, social instability and the deterioration of personal interrelationships, workplace violence is rapidly spreading in the health sector. Increasingly, domestic violence and violence in the streets are spilling over into the health institutions. Recent studies confirm that workplace violence in the health sector is universal, although local characteristics may vary, and that it affects the health of both women and men, though some are more at risk than others. Altogether it may affect more than half of health care workers. (Di Martino, V., 2002, forthcoming)

Table of Contents
Contents 1 — Background, scope and definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1.1 – Extent of workplace violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1.2 – Scope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1.3 – Definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2 — GENERAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.1 – Governments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.2 – Employers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.3 – Workers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2.4 – Professional bodies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2.5 – Enlarged community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3 — APPROACH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3.1 – Preventive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3.2 – Participative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3.3 – Culture/gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 3.4 – Systematic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 4 —VIOLENCE RECOGNITION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 4. 1 – Organisations at risk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 4.2 – Potential perpetrators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 4.3 – Potential victim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 5 — VIOLENCE ASSESSMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 5. 1 – Analysing available information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 5.2 – Identifying situations at special risk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 6 —WORKPLACE INTERVENTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 6.1 – Pre-conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 6.2 – Organisational interventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 6.3 – Environmental interventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 6.4 – Individual-focussed interventions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

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