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dc.contributor.authorIfediora, Chris
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-28T23:51:40Z
dc.date.available2017-08-28T23:51:40Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn18361935en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.4066/AMJ.2015.2439en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/141760
dc.description.abstractBackground: Aggression against doctors involved in after-hours house calls (AHHC) is widely perceived to be high. It is, however, unclear how doctors who perform this service manage the risk of aggressive patients during home visits. Aims: The aim of this paper is to explore if and how doctors manage the risk of violence against them during AHHC. Methods: A survey was designed and administered to all 300 Australian-based doctors engaged in AHHC under the National Home Doctor Service (NHDS). The survey was conducted from September 2014 to November 2014. Results: There were 172 responses (57.3 per cent). Only 43 per cent of respondents adopted personal protective measures. The remaining 57 per cent had none; of those 6 per cent had never considered protective measures, and 31.8 per cent were aware of the risk of violence, but were unsure of what to do. Measures adopted include the use of chaperones/security personnel (34.1 per cent), dependence on surgery policies (31.2 per cent), de-escalation techniques (15.2 per cent), panic buttons (7.2 per cent), personal alarms (6.1 per cent), and others (6.5 per cent). Females were more likely to adopt personal protective measures than males (OR 4.94; p<0.01; CI 1.70–14.34), and Australian-trained doctors were less likely to do so relative to overseas-trained doctors (OR 0.35; p=0.04; CI 0.12–0.99). Conclusion: Just over half of the doctors involved in AHHC took no precautions against aggressive attacks while on duty, and nearly one-third relied on the policies of their employing surgeries.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherAustralasian Medical Journal Pty. Ltd.en_US
dc.publisher.placeAustraliaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom239en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto246en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue7en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralasian Medical Journalen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume8en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111799en_US
dc.titleExploring the safety measures by doctors on after-hours house call servicesen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
dc.description.versionPublisheden_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Medicineen_US
gro.rights.copyright© The Author(s) 2015. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this journal please refer to the journal’s website or contact the author[s].en_US
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