HEALTH CARE

JOINT STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST HEALTH WORKERS

David J. Skorton, MD, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Victor J. Dzau, MD, President of the National Academy of Medicine, have issued the following joint statement on violence against health care workers: did.

“When patients and families have health concerns, they turn to health care professionals for care, guidance and hope. Acts as the first line of defense to maintain the health and safety of

But violence against health workers is on the rise, and inflammatory rhetoric has become common and intense. Such words and actions are irresponsible, dangerous, and undermine the ability of healthcare professionals to provide patients and communities with the care they need.

A recent study found that in the past two years, 44% of nurses reported physical violence and 68% reported verbal abuse. and doctor survey In a survey published last year, 23% reported being personally attacked on social media. These threats on social media can eventually escalate into physical violence. Angry patient shoots two doctors, receptionist and visitor in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

We cannot continue to tolerate misleading and inflammatory commentary that risks turning a place of healing into a place of violence.

Our organization calls on leaders to protect healthcare workers and people in healthcare from such risks. We call on Congress to provide legal protections against violence and intimidation against health care workers and to support bipartisan health care workers to subsidize hospital programs aimed at preventing violence in health care settings. I urge you to pass the Safe From Violence (SAVE) Act. Leaders in various sectors must be careful to prevent irresponsible statements that endanger the lives of health care professionals and the lives of the patients they treat simply because they are doing their job.

This nation was founded, first and foremost, on the ideals of civic discourse and the search for open thought through healthy debate, which should guide us. As a nation, we don’t agree with each other on every important issue, but we can agree that inciting violence against other human beings is never the solution. ”

Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine is an independent organization of eminent professionals in a variety of fields, including health and medicine. Natural sciences, social sciences, behavioral sciences. from. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as advisors to the national and international community. Through national and global initiatives, NAM works to address key issues in health, healthcare, and related policy and to drive positive action across the sector. NAM works closely with peer academies and other departments within the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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