Violence and threaths on psychiatric wards

  • Soenderbo Andersen, Lars Peter (Project manager)
  • Pihl-Thingvad, Jesper (Project participant)
  • Biering, Karin (Project participant)

Project: Research

Project Details

Description

An investigation of the association between exposure to workplace threats and violence and clinical assesed depression, PTSD, workers assessment of workability, and the importance of social support at work.

Layman's description

Background
Many studies have found an association between exposure to workplace threats and violence and mental health problems including symptoms of depression and PTSD. However, it's been difficult to capture the fluctuation of both exposure to violence and symptom development, just as most studies have relied on self report rather than clinical assessment of mental health symptoms.

Purpose
The purpose of the study is:
- To explore the association between exposure to workplace violence and clinical assessed depression and PTSD as well as selfreported workability, and the significance of social support, in psychiatric service workplaces.
- To investigate the association between exposure to workplace violence and employees short- and longterm sickness absence and the protecting effect of social support.

Design
The project is a prospective corhort study among all employees in the psychiatry services the Region of Sourthern Denmarkcollected over three years. The participants are monitorered weekly for exposure to workplace violence and mental health and use of support, using electronical surveys during 26 weeks. Participants with indications of serious symptoms of PTSD or depression will be invited to participate in the structured clinical interview SCAN for clinical assessment of mental health disorders. Data regarding sickness absence will be collected through company registers.

Institution of primary responsibility
Occupational Medicine, Herning Regional Hospital.

Contactperson from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, OUH
Jesper Pihl-Thingvad.

Collaborations
The Psychiatric Services in the Region of Southern Denmark; Occupational Medicine, Herning Regional Hospital; and Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Odense University Hospital.
Funded by The Working Environment Research Fund.

StatusActive
Effective start/end date01/02/202131/12/2024

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