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Table 1 Characteristics of the observed sample

From: Violence towards health care workers in a Public Health Care Facility in Italy: a repeated cross-sectional study

  2005 2007 2009 p
N. of workers (% response rate) 367 (75 %) 346 (71 %) 453 (94.2 %) 92.4 (<.001)2
Male workers N (%) 145 (39.5 %) 115 (33.2 %) 127 (28.0 %) 12.0 (<.002) 2
Female workers N (%) 222 (60.5) 231 (66.8) 326 (72.0 %)  
Age, mean+s.d. (years) 43.6+7.8 43.4+ 8.9 42.4+ 9.6 .138 (n.s.)1
Physicians, N (%) 58 (15.8) 69 (19.9) 59 (13.0) 7.01 (<.04) 2
Nurses, N (%) 207(56.4) 106 (30.6) 263 (58.1) 69.5 (<.0001) 2
Other3, N (%) 102 (27.8) 171 (49.4) 131 (28.9) 47.5(<.0001) 2
Psychiatry 28 (7.6) 40 (11.6) 42 (9.3) 17.7 (<.03) 2
A & E 60 (16.3) 49 (14.2) 66 (14.6)  
Inpatient wards 121 (33,0) 112 (32,4) 156 (34,4)  
Outpatient 74 (20,2) 73 (21,1) 60 (13,2)  
Laboratory and services 84 (22,9) 72 (20,8) 129 (28,5)  
  1. n.s.: not significant.
  2. (1): one-way analysis of variance; (2) Pearson’s chi square.
  3. (3): this category includes: laboratory technicians, radiology technicians, physiotherapists, ancillary personnel, blue collar workers and clerks.