Prevalence of Verbal Abuse Among Doctors in Tertiary Care Hospital

Kalpana Silwal, Sarala Joshi
2019 Journal of Nepal Medical Association  
Verbal abuse is the act of forcefully criticizing, insulting or denouncing another person.Verbal abuse can be devastating to doctors and may cause long lasting emotional and psychologicaldamage. This study aims to find the prevalence of verbal abuse among doctors in tertiary carehospital. Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among doctors in a tertiary carehospitals, Chitwan from January to July, 2019 after taking ethical approval. Convenience samplingwas done. Self
more » ... gwas done. Self administered questionnaire was distributed and data was collected. Point estimateat 95% CI was done for binary data along with frequency and proportion. Data were entered andcalculations were done in Microsoft excel. Results: Verbal abuse was found among 80 (33.3%) respondents at 95% Confidence Interval (27.51-39.09%) and most 51 (63.8%) of perpetrators were relatives of the patients. Most 38 (47.5%) of thedoctors were often worried in workplace. Incident of the verbal abuse was more 35 (43.6%) inmorning and least 14 (17.4%) in night. Most 22 (27.5%) of the doctors did not take any action forincident although most 42 (52.5 %) of the doctors were encouraged by colleagues to take action. Conclusions: Prevalence of verbral abuse among the doctors were found out to be similar as theprevious studies conducted in similar settings. This study has shown that doctors were frequentlyverbal abused by patient's relatives and were abused mostly in morning shift and were often worriedin workplace.
doi:10.31729/jnma.4762 fatcat:irnhrdhfojfadighua6f6faiwu