Violence in health care: the contribution of the Australian Patient Safety Foundation to incident monitoring and analysis

Klee A Benveniste, Peter D Hibbert and William B Runciman
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (7): 348-351.
Published online: 3 October 2005

Frustration and anger arising out of illness and pain, psychiatric disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, can affect behaviour and make people verbally or physically violent. The incidence of violence faced by workers in contact with people in distress is so common that it is often considered an inevitable part of the job. Health care workers are at the forefront of this situation.1

  • Klee A Benveniste1
  • Peter D Hibbert2
  • William B Runciman3

  • Australian Patient Safety Foundation, Adelaide, SA.


Competing interests:

The Australian Patient Safety Foundation Inc is a non-profit research organisation that derives income from licensed use of intellectual property, including the Advanced Incident Management System (the latest version of AIMS) software, via a for-profit subsidiary, Patient Safety International, in which Peter Hibbert and William Runciman have a financial interest.


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