STUDY ON VIOLENCE AGAINST HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS IN INDIA Ms. Shenvi Kunkolienkar Rukma Sagun

Violence and vandalism against health-care professionals is one of the biggest public health and patient care challenge in India. Occurring incidents of violence and aggression against healthcare professionals is broadening the gap between the patients and their caregivers. The healthcare professionals have contributed tremendously to fight the global pandemic COVID-19 and they are regarded as corona warriors. Attacks on the healthcare professionals, stone-pelting at health workers, misbehaving and mistreating the lady doctor and nurses, all this happening in the middle of an unprecedented health crisis, has provoked serious concerns. A web-survey was conducted using semi-structured questionnaire where in 61 healthcare professionals responded to the survey. The purpose of the survey was to understand the cause and perception of the healthcare professionals towards the violence against them and to gather the suggestions to prevent violence against them. Almost all the medical professionals are worried about violence at their workplace and only few trained physically and mentally to handle the violence, therefore, they are the easy targets for violence by the patient and relatives. When such issues are ignored in a timely and fair manner there is stress, insecurity, and resentment. In some circumstances, the healthcare professionals conduct protests and demonstrations to make their voices heard. Violence against the healthcare providers signifies lack of trust and an unhealthy doctor-patient relationship.

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