Title

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

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

American Journal of Industrial Medicine

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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