Abstract: Purpose: The aim of the study is to evaluate the effect of health personnel's exposure to the violence of patients and relatives on the perception of aggression.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015 among health personnel who are in contact with patients and their relatives working in health institutions in Yozgat city center. The study was completed with 358 people who agreed to participate in the study with verbal consent. The data were collected through the Perception of Aggression Scale (POAS), the socio-demographic form and a form that evaluates the health personnel being attacked. In the analysis of the data, univariate tests and multivariate regression analyzes were used.
Results: Of the health personnel, 81.6% of them stated that they were exposed to the violence of the patients and their relatives during their professional career and 37.7% during the last 12 months. In the regression analysis, the perception of functional aggression was higher in those working in university hospitals, and lower in physicians (p <0.05). Dysfunctional aggression perception was lower in medical secretaries, family health center staff, and university hospital staff (p <0.05). No significant relationship was found between the perception of aggression and age, gender, education level, professional experience (years), and their exposure to attack during the past 12 months (p> 0.05).
Conclusion: Health personnel are of the opinion that the aggressive behavior of the patients does not correspond to the situation they are in and there is no acceptable excuse for such behaviors.
Keywords: Health Personnel, Exposure to Violence, Aggression, Perception.