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Table 4 Activity victim was engaged in when the violence occurred 1

From: Workplace violence in a large correctional health service in New South Wales, Australia: a retrospective review of incident management records

  Workplace violence Physical abuse Verbal abuse
n % n % n %
Preparing or dispensing medication(s) 65 31.5 6 10.0 59 40.4
Patient consultation 33 16.0 9 15.0 24 16.4
Restraining or trying to calm aggressive patient(s) 21 10.2 20 33.3 1 0.7
Observing or supervising a patient(s) 16 7.8 10 16.7 6 4.1
Dental treatment 11 5.3 2 3.3 9 6.2
Other 11 5.3 1 1.7 10 6.9
Unclear/unable to code 49 23.8 12 20.0 37 25.3
Total 206 100 60 100 146 100
  1. 1. Data source: Justice Health, Incident Information Management System.
  2. Study period: 1 July 2007 – 30 June 2010. Frequency missing (n = 2).