Journal of Ideas in Health, vol.2, no.1, pp.70-74, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
Background: Workplace violence against healthcare providers including the medical students being an important
issue all over the World. The aim of this study is to survey the medical students about exposure to workplace
violence (WPV) while they are doing their medical training in private tertiary hospitals.
Methods: This was a cross-sectional study carried out among all medical students (4th, 5th, and 6th class)
attending a teaching hospital at Bezmialem Vakif University (BVU), Istanbul, Turkey. A total of 150 students in the
2017-2018 academic year were recruited in this study. Data were collected using a modified questionnaire through
a face to face interview. Data were analyzed using SPSS 16.
Results: About one-third of the surveyed students (54, 36.0%) exposed to violence and 71.3% of them witnessed
incidents of violence against healthcare providers at the workplace. The prevalence of physical violence and verbal
abuse among medical students was reported at 5.5% and 92.6% respectively. About 81.5% were females
compared to 18.5% of their counterparts. Patients (38.9%) and their relatives (61.1%) were the main sources of the
violence respectively. More than half (57.0%) of students exposed to violence at outpatient services and 25.9% at
the emergency room and 16.7% at inpatient wards. Few of them (22, 14.7%) thought that they will get support if
they make a complaint.
Conclusion: Being a medical student and has direct contact with patients and their relative is not always safe
practice. Our results suggested a high prevalence of verbal and physical abuse against medical students. Health
sector authorities should adopt a restrictive and clear strategy to protect medical students and other healthcare