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Patient Assault and Abuse by Healthcare Professionals

Providing healthcare can be stressful to the provider and this situation can lead to patient abuse. In this stressful environment, there is an increased risk that individuals who usually do not demonstrate violent tendencies will act violently. There are many ways in which a healthcare provider can abuse a patient. This course will discuss patient abuse, how to help ensure that you do not abuse patients, and how to help protect patients from abuse by other providers.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Define types of abuse
  • Identify warning signs of abused patients and abusive providers
  • List steps you can take to manage your stress
  • Discuss issues related to sexual boundaries with patients