17433. Nursing Research Article Critique: Patient & Visitor Aggression Towards Health Care Staff.
This paper presents a critique of a nursing research article published in Journal of Clinical Nursing. Through the use of a survey questionnaire of health care staff (n = 375) at a general hospital serving rural and urban communities in northwest England, Winstanley and Whittington (2004) investigated patientsí and visitorsí physical and verbal aggression towards health care staff in the context of different professions and departments. The study is praised for highlighting the multifaceted character of aggression towards health care staff but criticized for methodological failings. KEYWORDS: article review quantitative nursing patient aggression. 6 pages, 11 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,554 words.
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