Nigerian Journal of
Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF RADIOGRAPHY
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 15497-8613
  • DOI: 10.5897/NJMIRT
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 46

Workplace violence among radiographers in Lagos, Nigeria

Ikamaise, V.C.
  • Ikamaise, V.C.
  • Department of Radiography and Radiological Sciences, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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Archibong, B.E.
  • Archibong, B.E.
  • Department of Radiography and Radiological Sciences, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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Okpaleke, M.S.
  • Okpaleke, M.S.
  • Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria.
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Paulinus, S.O.
  • Paulinus, S.O.
  • Department of Radiography and Radiological Sciences, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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  • Article Number - 98D8A7755307
  • Vol.5(1), pp. 40-43, October 2016
  •  Received: 01 September 2016
  •  Accepted: 01 October 2016
  •  Published: 31 October 2016

Abstract

AIM: Workplace Violence (WPV) is currently a global phenomenon that is spreading fast and eating into the fabric of the entire society. Health workers are particularly at a high risk because of the nature of their work. This paper is aimed at assessing how Radiographers practicing in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria are affected by WPV.

METHODS: Workplace violence related questionnaires were administered to 120 Radiographers randomly selected in public and private health facilities. A total of 20 Hospitals/Radiodiagnostic facilities were visited in the study area. The data collected was subjected to descriptive statistics.

RESULTS: The results showed psychological (verbal) violence to be more prevalent with 68% among younger and less experienced Radiographers with age range of 21–40years.The female Radiographers are affected more with 60%. Radiographers practicing in the public health facilities are exposed to violence more than their counterparts in the private sector. Over 84% of respondents agreed that their employers have policies in place to deal with WPV but in some instances (27%) are not utilized by staff when the need arises. The results also showed that WPV is not strongly associated with heavy workload as 51% of the respondents experienced WPV at moderate work load. However, patient relatives ranked highest among aggressors of WPV.

CONCLUSION

Workplace violence is a menace that is plaguing Radiographers in the study area.

 

Key words: Workplace; Radiographers; Violence; Lagos.