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Violence prevention in the mental healthcare setting: evaluation of an intervention based on OSHA guidelines.

Lipscomb-JA; Rosen-J; McPhaul-K
APHA 132nd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington, DC, November 6-10, 2004. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 2004 Nov; :88020
Workplace violence is recognized as a significant occupational hazard in the healthcare and service sectors, in particular in the mental health setting. A 2001 federal survey found that the victimization rate for mental health workers was 68.2 per 1,000 compared to a rate of 12.6 per 1,000 workers across all occupations (Duhart, 2001). The panel will describe the findings from a four-year intervention study assessing the feasibility and impact of a comprehensive violence prevention program based on federal OSHA violence prevention guidelines. Lipscomb will briefly review the violence in healthcare literature and discuss the design of this tripartite (university, labor, management) participatory research project. Rosen will discuss the assault experience of workers in the state mental health system, the role of data in union injury prevention activities, and union-led pilot intervention initiatives at two facilities prior to the intervention project. Foley will discuss the rank and file involvement, and overcoming barriers to involvement. Murrett, an architect, will discuss the process and importance of conducting environmental audits as part of the violence prevention work. Vignola, the project coordinator, will discuss the development and role of the Facility-level Project Advisory Groups in the overall project. McPhaul will discuss the issues surrounding communication of study findings to the workers, unions, and management. Finally, Lipscomb will summarize the baseline and post-intervention staff survey data. The impact of the project will be discussed in terms of assault reductions, employee and management awareness, facility-level impact, and feasibility for other mental health systems.
Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Health-care; Mental-health; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Workplace-studies; Workplace-monitoring
Jane A. Lipscomb, PhD, School of Nursing, Univeristy of Maryland, 655 W. Lombard St, Suite 655c, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-706-7647
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Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
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APHA 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, November 6-10, 2004
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University of Maryland
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