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Table 1 Characteristics of the workers assaulted, the aggressive acts and the aggressors

From: Determinants of aggression against all health care workers in a large-sized university hospital

Characteristics of the workers assaultedN(%)
Workers assaulted (N = 364)  
SexFemale282(77.5)
Unknown3(0.8)
Age classes< 30 years16(4.4)
30–39 years101(27.7)
40–49 years124(34.1)
> = 50 years118(32.0)
Unknown5(1.4)
Years worked<=5 years31(8.5)
6–15 years177(48.6)
16–25 years73(20.1)
> 25 years78(21.4)
Unknown5(1.4)
ProfessionNurse234(64.3)
Medical doctor23(6.3)
Non-medical support staff52(14.4)
Midwife39(10.7)
Administrative staff14(3.8)
Unknown2(0.5)
Activity type during aggressive actsSupport activity for patients123(33.8)
Professional team’s back-office activity70(19.2)
Assistance and patient care139(38.2)
Unknown32(8.8)
Time of aggressive actsMorning119(32.7)
Afternoon129(35.4)
Evening73(20.1)
Night43(11.8)
Season of aggressive actsJan-Mar81(22.2)
Apr-Jun118(32.4)
Jul-Sep92(25.3)
Oct-Dec73(20.1)
Location of aggressive actsLocation in the presence of patients172(47.3)
Communal location125(34.3)
Other activity location67(18.4)
Consequences for victims of aggressionMedical and psychological treatment41(11.3)
Working interruption203(55.8)
None120(33)
Characteristics of the aggressive acts and aggressors
Types of aggression (N = 632)
VerbalInsult and offense315(49.8)
Threat171(27.1)
Non-verbalViolent physical gesture, such as a slap or a shove89(14.1)
Launch of objects44(6.9)
Use of weapons or blunt instruments13(2.1)
Types of aggressors (N = 400)Patients187(46.7)
Relatives169(42.3)
Caregivers32(8)
Colleagues12(3)