CDC expanding efforts to curb workplace violence in nursing homes

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Healthcare workers are almost five times more likely than workers in other fields to face workplace violence.
Healthcare workers are almost five times more likely than workers in other fields to face workplace violence.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to broaden its research project on violence against healthcare workers, according to a notice posted Tuesday in the Federal Register.

The notice asks for public comment on the proposed expansion, dubbed the Workplace Violence Prevention Programs in NJ Healthcare Facilities. Through interviews with nursing home administrators, the CDC plans to study how facilities comply with a New Jersey law to prevent violence in healthcare prevention, and if their compliance translates into lower employee violence-related injury rates.

Healthcare workers are nearly five times as likely as workers in other industries to become victims of workplace violence, with almost 60% of nonfatal assaults within private industry occurring in healthcare settings.

Six states have implemented laws requiring workplace violence prevention programs in healthcare facilities. The ongoing research project will help understand how effective these laws are, CDC said.

Comments on the proposal can be submitted until Jan. 21, 2018, by going to regulations.gov, according to the notice.