After-hours GPs using chaperones for home visits

More than one-quarter of GPs working after hours are employing chaperones to protect them from aggressive patients during home visits.

Queensland researchers surveyed 172 doctors working for the National Home Doctor Service last year and found that many were also using panic buttons and personal alarms, as well as employing "de-escalation techniques" to reduce risks of attacks.

But a significant number of doctors — about 60% — were still working with no protection, while others had either not thought about the need for self-protection or were