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Abusive behaviour observed by healthcare staff in operating rooms, new study finds

Healthcare workers in Canadian operating rooms are at a risk of witnessing physical and psychological abuse, according to a study led by a University of Manitoba research team that will be published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

“Our research has shown that hundreds of healthcare workers in Canadian operating rooms report witnessing behaviours that meet the Department of Justice’s definition of physical and psychological abuse,” says Dr. Eric Jacobsohn, professor of anesthesia in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

“We know that exposure to abusive behaviours can be detrimental to the well-being of clinicians, and can undermine the functioning of healthcare institutions. There is also increasing evidence that these behaviours may undermine patient care. Therefore, our findings are concerning,” says Jacobsohn.

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