Traci Galinsky, PhD, is a research psychologist at NIOSH in Cincinnati, OH.
Risk Factors Associated with Patient Assaults of Home Healthcare Workers
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2010 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 35, Issue 5, pages 206–215, September-October 2010
How to Cite
Galinsky, T., Feng, H. A., Streit, J., Brightwell, W., Pierson, K., Parsons, K. and Proctor, C. (2010), Risk Factors Associated with Patient Assaults of Home Healthcare Workers. Rehabilitation Nursing, 35: 206–215. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2010.tb00049.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- home care;
- safe patient handling
This study used surveys from 677 home healthcare aides and nurses to explore factors associated with assaults by patients. Among respondents, 4.6% reported one or more patient assaults (being hit, kicked, pinched, shoved, or bitten) during the past year. Logistic regression analysis examined associations between several potential risk factors and assaults. Three factors were significant, including having one or more patients with dementia (OR = 4.31, 95% CI 1.47-12.67), routinely handling patients (OR = 8.48, 95% CI 1.89-37.94), and perceiving threats of violence by others in and around patients' homes (OR = 4.45, 95% CI 1.75-11.32). Assaults were not significantly associated with worker age, gender, race, job title, hours of work, or use of needles during patient care. Assaulted workers and workers who perceived threats of violence by others were significantly more likely to have shortened home care visits. More detailed research is needed to confirm these results and evaluate methods to reduce assault risk.