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Stigmatisation and workplace violence against healthcare workers: the need for evidence-based preventive strategies
  1. Saifur Rahman Chowdhury1,2
  1. 1Department of Public Health, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  2. 2Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Saifur Rahman Chowdhury, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; saifur{at}

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Commentary on: Saragih ID, Tarihoran DETAU, Rasool A, Saragih IS, Tzeng HM, Lin CJ. Global prevalence of stigmatization and violence against healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2022;54(6):762–71. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12794. Epub 12 Jul 2022.

Implications for practice and research

  • Health administrators and policymakers should appropriately address issues of stigmatisation and violence against healthcare workers through strategic planning that considers the unique nature of the workplace as well as local culture to ensure better healthcare for the patients.

  • Future research should focus on synthesising evidence-based preventive strategies and management protocols to avert the escalation of stigmatisation and violence towards healthcare workers during catastrophic public health crises.


Violence in the workplace is a common issue in healthcare settings. However, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of reports in the literature of unfavourable …

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