Award-winning Article by COEH OEHN Trainee Accepted for Publication

December 18, 2020

Congratulations to UCSF School of Nursing Ph.D. candidate Rachel Odes on the publication of her research article!

The article, Frequency of violence towards healthcare workers in the United States’ inpatient psychiatric hospitals: A systematic review of literature, has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. This article also won the 2018 Barbara Resnik Writing Award from the UCSF Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) program.

The study explored data related to workers’ experiences at a range of psychiatric facilities from 1986 to 2018. The research shows that workplace violence in the U.S. inpatient psychiatric facilities is a widespread problem. Specifically, 25–85% of survey respondents reported an incident of physical aggression within the year prior to the survey, and statewide workers’ compensation findings indicated 2–7 assault claims per 100,000 employee hours.

However, it is difficult to obtain a single estimate of prevalence nationally because of the substantial differences between results based on measurement methods. That said, the article draws attention to the importance of defining and measuring the problem with the most appropriate tools as the issue continues to receive attention from stakeholders.

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