Workplace violence is a common occupational hazard and cause of work disability in the healthcare sector. In British Columbia, the yearly rate of compensated violence-related work claims among healthcare workers is 3–10 times higher compared with other industries.
Healthcare workers are known to be psychologically demanding environments, and the effects of injuries due to violence might be exacerbated in these workplaces. There is little evidence on the effect of violence on work disability duration and the likelihood to return-to-work after injury.
Knowing the high rate of violence-related work claim among healthcare workers, we studied the impact of these injuries on the time to return to work after at least one day of sickness absence. We identified the following 2 research questions: