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Table 3 Perpetrators of psychological violence and health care workers’ response to and method of dealing with psychological violence (N = 333

From: Psychological violence against general practitioners and nurses in Chinese township hospitals: incidence and implications

  General practitioner Nurse
Perpetrator N(156) % N(177) %
 Patient 59 37.82 57 32.20
 Patient’s relative 76 48.72 93 52.54
 Colleague 1 0.64 9 5.09
 Supervisor 2 1.28 8 4.52
 Others 18 11.54 10 5.65
Respond to the incident(Multiple choice) N(410) % N(497) %
 No measures to take 36 24.32 52 28.11
 Pretend nothing happened 74 50.00 69 37.30
 Told the person to stop 45 30.41 52 27.66
 Told friends/family 66 44.59 68 36.76
 Sought counseling 18 12.16 19 10.11
 Told a colleague 56 37.84 77 41.62
 Transferred to another position 20 13.51 25 16.89
 Reported it to a senior staff member 56 37.84 77 41.62
 Completed incident/accident form 9 6.08 19 10.27
 Pursued prosecution 15 10.14 16 8.64
 Completed a compensation claim 7 4.73 9 4.86
 Sought help from the union 8 5.41 14 7.57
The incident could have been prevented N(156) % N(177) %
 Yes 88 56.41 105 59.32
 No 68 43.59 72 40.68
Consequence for the perpetrator N(156) % N(177) %
 None 89 57.05 109 61.58
 Verbal warning issued by hospital managers 49 31.41 56 31.64
 Stopping treatment 11 7.05 7 3.96
 Reported to police 7 4.49 5 2.82