Letter to the Editor| Volume 50, e9-e10, April 2018

Violence against doctors: A pandemic in the making

Published:February 03, 2018DOI:
      Violence against Doctors and other health professionals is an age old problem even though doctors often have been compared with angels or agents of god. However over last two decades the assault on doctors are increasing across the globe and has already reached pandemic proportion [
      • Phillips J.P.
      Workplace violence against health care workers in United States.
      ]. A review of internet at Pubmed with key words like violence to doctors revealed 4156 references of which almost one fifth of the papers are related to various facets of violence towards doctors and medical fraternity by patients or their relatives or by third party inducted by patients; relatives. Violence towards doctors can take various forms (Table 1).
      Table 1Varieties of patient violence.
      • Physical
      • Threats (also Internet)
      • Harassment (also Internet)
      • Stalking (also Internet)
      • False and scurrilous accusations (also Internet)
      • Frivolous lawsuits
      • Complaints to licensure boards
      • Abusive/excessive phone calls, letters (also by third parties)
      • Vandalism
      • Threatening or obscene mail (also Internet)
      • Trespassing
      • Loitering
      • Drive-by and home visits
      • Displaying knowledge of clinician's personal life; e.g., names of spouse, children.


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