A Study of Aggression and Violence as Experienced by Doctors in Psychiatry in Ireland

A Study of Aggression and Violence as Experienced by Doctors in Psychiatry in Ireland

Paper presentation186Israa Elkashif, HSE, Ireland; Kevin Mc Kenna, Ireland

Jurriaanse ZaalThu 14:00 - 15:30

Background: A compelling body of evidence consistently identifies aggression and violence as a complex hazard within the health sector. Despite universal recognition, the problem remains understudied, particularly in relation to psychiatrists.

Aims/objectives: Formal recording systems are relied upon to monitor and respond to occurrences. While such quantitative records provide valuable data, they provide little insight into the doctor’s experience. The aim of this study was to explore and describe psychiatrists experience of encountering work related aggression and violence. Methodology: This study utilised a focus group research design. Participants included psychiatrists of all grades within one large Irish regional mental health service. Data collection involved two audio recorded synchronous virtual focus groups, one for consultant, and the other for non-consultant grades. Findings and Discussion: Thematic analysis of transcripts revealed four major themes - a)the phenomena b)reporting c) aftermath and d)support. The presentation will discuss inductively identified themes and implications.

Psychiatrist, Qualitative, Violence
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