Psychiatrists injured by patient attack.
H. Carmel and M. Hunter,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
19(3): 309-16, 1991.
The seven staff psychiatrists injured by patient attack in a large forensic hospital in five years were
compared with the 47 who were not injured by attack. Thirteen percent of the psychiatrists were
injured by patient attack (2.6 percent per year); 5.5 injuries per 100 person-years occurred. This rate
is comparable to the rate of injury from patient attack noted among ward nursing staff during the
same period. Younger psychiatrists, and psychiatrists more recently out of residency, were more
likely to be injured. Male psychiatrists were injured at a rate approximately 50 percent higher than
female psychiatrists, and graduates of university-affiliated residencies were three times as likely to
be injured as graduates of public-sector residencies, though these differences did not reach statistical
significance. A slightly higher rate of injury was noted among graduates from non-North American
medical schools. Board-certification and length of service in the hospital were not related to being