Survivors also reported having reduced interest in being a part of patient care, as well often reporting looking for a different position or leaving the field completely.
One article found that physiotherapists often reduced their expectations for their patients after experiencing an incident of workplace violence from a patient.
Many survivors of workplace violence in healthcare settings also acknowledged avoiding talking or thinking about the incident with coworkers, family, and friends.
They often cited anger as a consequence of the violence they experienced.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) document reported an annual incidence of 16.2 assaults per 1,000 physicians, 21.9 assaults per 1,000 nurses, and 8.5 assaults per 1,000 healthcare workers with varying job titles.
Some authors have made connections between increased violence and longer wait times to see healthcare personnel, unrestricted access to facilities with the implementation of open visitation, and the high-ranking hospital administration's lack of security knowledge.
In many healthcare and allied health professions, close contact with patients is essential for quality and thorough patient care.
The job-related act of encouraging or compelling a patient to do something they may not want to do, in fields such as occupational and physical therapy, increases the risk for violence and the inability to protect oneself from violent patient attacks.
Survivors also found that they had reduced empathy and gave reduced emotional support to patients and their families after returning to work.
After an attack by a patient, survivors admitted to lacking concentration that led to missed medication administration, increased falls in their patients, and increased errors in the administration of care to their patients.