Search tips
Search criteria 


Logo of jrsocmedLink to Publisher's site
J R Soc Med. 1996 February; 89(2): 69–72.
PMCID: PMC1295659

Aggression against doctors: a review.


Although the number of doctors abused is comparatively small, the perceived risk of violence presents a major issue for the whole profession since the consequences extend to all doctors through the intimidation reports in the medical press and newspapers engender.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (769K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • Hobbs FD. General practitioners' changes to practice due to aggression at work. Fam Pract. 1994 Mar;11(1):75–79. [PubMed]
  • Hobbs FD. Fear of aggression at work among general practitioners who have suffered a previous episode of aggression. Br J Gen Pract. 1994 Sep;44(386):390–394. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Hobbs R. The doctor's health. Violence and safety. Practitioner. 1990 Nov;234(1496):979–982. [PubMed]
  • Schnieden V. Violence at work. Arch Emerg Med. 1993 Jun;10(2):79–85. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Cembrowicz SP, Shepherd JP. Violence in the Accident and Emergency Department. Med Sci Law. 1992 Apr;32(2):118–122. [PubMed]
  • Hobbs FD. Violence in general practice: a survey of general practitioners' views. BMJ. 1991 Feb 9;302(6772):329–332. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Myerson S. Violence to general practitioners and fear of violence. Fam Pract. 1991 Jun;8(2):145–147. [PubMed]
  • Drummond DJ, Sparr LF, Gordon GH. Hospital violence reduction among high-risk patients. JAMA. 1989 May 5;261(17):2531–2534. [PubMed]
  • Schnieden V. Violence against doctors. Br J Hosp Med. 50(1):6–9. [PubMed]
  • Lion JR, Synder W, Merrill GL. Underreporting of assaults on staff in a state hospital. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1981 Jul;32(7):497–498. [PubMed]
  • D'Urso P, Hobbs R. Aggression and the general practitioner. BMJ. 1989 Jan 14;298(6666):97–98. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Fottrell E. A study of violent behaviour among patients in psychiatric hospitals. Br J Psychiatry. 1980 Mar;136:216–221. [PubMed]
  • Neville RG. Violent patients in general practice. Practitioner. 1986 Dec;230(1422):1105–1108. [PubMed]
  • Caldwell MF. Incidence of PTSD among staff victims of patient violence. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1992 Aug;43(8):838–839. [PubMed]

Articles from Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine are provided here courtesy of Royal Society of Medicine Press