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.
Workplace violence is a menace that is plaguing Radiographers in the study area.
Key words: Workplace; Radiographers; Violence; Lagos.
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