CMHWCommunity Mental Health Worker
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These findings show that the degree of threats or assaults does not depend on the type of job; in other words, job classification of a CMHW is not a good indicator of whether or not he or she will experience threats or assaults from patients.
We also questioned if CMHW perceive patients with certain characteristics (e.g., substance use disorder) were perceived as potentially more violent.
The last objective was to identify the safety measures available where the CMHW were employed.
In this paper we have identified several CMHW characteristics and work-conditions that affect their views towards workplace safety.
A second major finding was that CMHW perceive some patients as more dangerous than others.