Title

Violence against emergency medical services personnel: A systematic review of the literature

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Wiley

Place of Publication

United States

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

25681

Comments

Originally published as: Maguire, B. J., O'meara, P., O'neill, B. J., & Brightwell, R. (2018). Violence against emergency medical services personnel: A systematic review of the literature. American journal of industrial medicine, 61(2), 167-180. Original article available here.

Abstract

Background: Violence against emergency medical services (EMS) personnel is a growing concern. The aim of this systematic review is to synthesize the current literature on violence against EMS personnel. Methods: We examined literature from 2000 to 2016. Eligibility criteria included English-language, peer-reviewed studies of EMS personnel that described violence or assaults. Sixteen searches identified 2655 studies; 25 studies from nine countries met the inclusion criteria. Results: The evidence from this review demonstrates that violence is a common risk for EMS personnel. We identified three critical topic areas: changes in risk over time, economic impact of violence and, outcomes of risk-reduction interventions. There is a lack of peer reviewed research of interventions, with the result that current intervention programs have no reliable evidence base. Conclusions: EMS leaders and personnel should work together with researchers to design, implement, evaluate and publish intervention studies designed to mitigate risks of violence to EMS personnel

DOI

10.1002/ajim.22797

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