J Korean Med Assoc.  2014 Feb;57(2):88-92.

Countermeasures of violence against medical staff

  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Chungnam National University School of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea. mdinsool@cnuh.co.kr


Violence against medical personnel has been increasing recently, and violence in the doctor's office has become a serious threat to the safety of patients and medical personnel. However, medical personnel are not receiving adequate protection from violence, and the Assault Prevention Act against Medical Personnel has not been passed. Therefore, medical personnel must currently take measures to protect themselves from violence. The main perspective on countermeasures for violence against medical personnel is not that violence itself but that violence can disturb a physician's practice. In case of a violent incident in a doctor's office, medical personnel must take aggressive legal action. In addition medical personnel, the government, law enforcement officials, and citizens should make an effort to build a cooperative system for eliminating violence from the medical field.


Violence; Medical personnel; Physician's practice disturbance; Legal action; Cooperative system

MeSH Terms

Law Enforcement
Medical Staff*


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