Violence exposure and burn-out among Turkish nursing home staff

Aliye Mandiracioglu, Olcay Cam
2006 Occupational Medicine  
Aim The aim of this study was to describe the frequency of violence against personnel from residents and to identify the prevalence of burn-out among staff working in nursing homes. Methods The study was performed in two cities in the west of Turkey. A semi-structured questionnaire on violence and Pines' Burnout scale were distributed among all the staff working in six nursing homes, and 214 of them responded. Results Of the total number of respondents, 56% stated that they had been exposed to
more » ... iolence during the preceding year. More than 20% stated that they had reported violence to their supervisor. Less than 10% had received medical or psychological support following the event. Violent incidents were reported significantly more frequently among staff who reported problems working with elderly residents. There was no relationship between violence towards staff and burn-out. Conclusions Violence is commonly experienced by care workers in nursing homes for the elderly. Strategies to improve occupational conditions in nursing homes are required.
doi:10.1093/occmed/kql073 pmid:16887888 fatcat:lztaw7clwnbrpbe2r6b2gv7r74