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Table 2 Consequences of verbal and physical aggression for the study participants (n = 123)

From: Aggression and violence against health care workers in Germany - a cross sectional retrospective survey

  N %
Physical impairments 55 44.7
The following impairments were experienced:   
Pain for less than about 10 minutes 33 60.0
Visible injury 27 49.1
Non-medical treatment required 27 49.1
Pain for more than about 10 minutes 16 29.1
Invisible injury 14 25.5
Medical treatment required 6 10.9
Emotions 95 77.2
The following were experienced:   
Anger, disappointment, rage 72 75.8
Helplessness 33 34.7
Anxiety, self-doubt, insecurity 52 54.7
Sadness 16 21.3
Othera 8 8.4
Influence on the work 75 61.0
The following were experienced:   
I am more careful 55 73.3
I am tenser, more anxious and have less fun at work 27 36.0
Otherb 11 14.7
  1. a Exhaustion, tension, shock, sympathy, understanding, amazement
  2. b I am more empathetic, only uncertain for a short time and tense, I act more cautiously, I have more sympathy, I observe more clearly, I am more relaxed and attend to wait and see more, I am more absent-minded, I reflect more