Threats and assaults against psychiatrists.

L. R. Faulkner, N. R. Grimm, B. H. McFarland and J. D. Bloom,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law 18(1): 37-46, 1990.
In this article, the authors review the literature on surveys pertaining to threats and assaults on psychiatrists and report the results of a questionnaire sent to Oregon psychiatrists. Although the responding psychiatrists were experienced clinicians, they appear to have had relatively little life experience with aggression. Assaults and threats were frequent in their careers, occurred across a variety of clinical settings, and involved a wide range of patients. The authors discuss specific strategies for psychiatrists to minimize the effects of patient threats and assaults and suggest ways in which organized psychiatry can help with the danger and sequelae of patient violence.