Study finds IMGs at risk of patient aggression as outbursts increase

Australian researchers found 63.1% of IMGs working in general practice had experienced non-physical agg­ression from patients, compared to 52.3% for Australian-trained practitioners.

The study, Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL), showed a third of the 10,000 participants, which included 3500 GPs, had endured physical aggression in the previous 12 months and just over two-thirds were on the receiving end of verbal or written aggression.

For GPs and GP registrars, the prevalence