Prevalence and risk factors associated With workplace violence against general practitioners in Hubei, China Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVES:To assess the prevalence and factors associated with physical and nonphysical violence in a sample of general practitioners (GPs). METHODS:We used a cross-sectional design to collect data from December 2014 to March 2015 with a structured self-administered questionnaire from 1015 GPs in Hubei Province, Central China (response rate, 85.6%). We used a multivariable logistic regression model to identify the predictors associated with workplace violence toward GPs. RESULTS:Of the respondents, 62.2% of respondents reported exposure to workplace violence in the preceding year, including 18.9% and 61.4% who encountered physical and nonphysical violence, respectively. Multivariable logistic regression analysis suggested that GPs who were male, at a higher professional level, and who had a lower average monthly income were more likely to experience physical violence. Male GPs, less-experienced GPs, and those with administrative responsibility were more likely than their counterparts to encounter nonphysical violence. CONCLUSIONS:This study shows that the prevalence of workplace violence against GPs is high in Hubei, China. Creating a prevention strategy and providing safer workplace environments for GPs should be urgently prioritized.


  • Gan, Yong
  • Li, Liqing
  • Jiang, Heng
  • Lu, Kai
  • Yan, Shijiao
  • Cao, Shiyi
  • Fu, Wenning
  • Hu, Sai
  • Qiao, Yan
  • Yang, Tingting
  • Wang, Chao
  • Chen, Yawen
  • Yang, Yudi
  • Li, Hui
  • Fang, Pengqian
  • Yin, Xiaoxv
  • Lu, Zuxun

publication date

  • 2018