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A pilot study of workplace violence towards paramedics
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    Response to Demographics of workplace violence-methodology is the key

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the comments made by Dr Kilroy regarding our study into paramedic workplace violence and offer our reply.[1]

    As this was a pilot study with no follow up letter a response rate of 28% was considered reasonable. If the paramedics saw this study as extremely important the participation rate may have been higher, even though there were a few pages to complete. There was a s...

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    Workplace violence towards paramedics in UK
    • Aadil Jan Shah, Speciality Registrar
    • Other Contributors:
      • Ovais Wadoo,Speciality Registrar,Mersey Care NHS Trust

    The violence against paramedics in UK has been of concern recently. A news article on BBC on 10 Nov 2007 mentions that there were 1,006 physical assaults against ambulance staff in England for the year 2006/7, as per the figures. It is thought that the high expectations of patients and the use of drugs and alcohol is the main reason for abuse against paramedics in UK. Paramedics in UK are feeling vulnerable and have been d...

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    Demographics of workplace violence-methodology is the key

    Boyle et al's paper is more interesting for what it doesn't say about paramedic workplace violence than what it does.Corbett, Grange and Thomas's paper (reference 8) attracted a response rate of only 67%, of whom the vast majority were white males. There is a powerful message there alone which warrants comment. It is important also to note that Mechem et al's work (reference 9) related to an occupational injury database wh...

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