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Indian J Psychiatry. 2019 Apr;61(Suppl 4):S782-S785. doi: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_120_19.

Violence against doctors: A viral epidemic?

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Director, VIMHANS, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Consultant Psychiatrist, PsyCare Neuropsychiatry Centre, Delhi, India.
Chief Psychiatrist, VIMHANS, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Senior Resident Psychiatry, Pt Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital, Delhi, India.


Violence against doctors at their workplace is not a new phenomenon. However, in recent times, reports of doctors getting thrashed by patients and their relatives are making headlines around the world and are shared extensively on social media. Almost every doctor is worried about violence at his/her workplace, and very few doctors are trained to avoid or deal with such situations. This article aims to discuss the risk factors associated with violence against doctors and the possible steps at a personal, institutional, or policy level that are needed to mitigate such incidents.


Doctor protection; health-care reforms; patient aggression; workplace violence

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