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Factors in healthcare violence in care of pregnancy termination cases: A case study.

  • Author(s): Qin, Chunxiang
  • Chen, Wei-Ti
  • Deng, Yunlong
  • Liu, Xinchun
  • Wu, Xiaoxia
  • Sun, Mei
  • Gong, Ni
  • Tang, Siyuan
  • et al.


Workplace violence is a widely-reported phenomenon among healthcare providers and negatively affects quality of care and treatment. This study aims to understand the potential factors related to HCV through the experiences of women who have undergone a pregnancy termination due to fetal anomaly.


Qualitative interview was used to collect data in this case study. Forty-one pregnant women who decided to terminate their pregnancy due to fetal anomaly were recruited from four Chinese hospital facilities, including three general hospitals and one specialty hospital in Changsha, Hunan, China. In-depth interviews were conducted from May to September 2017. Content analysis was used to analyze the data.


Several potential factors related to violence in healthcare facilities were identified, including preventive factors, which possibly relieve healthcare violence; and negative experiences, which potentially related to healthcare violence. Preventive factors include healthcare providers gaining patient trust with detailed observation, expressing patient-centered care through discreet behavior, and showing patience and professionalism. Factors related to violence include busy work schedules, hurried visits, mechanized process, patients' scant medical knowledge and mental distress.


This study highlights potential factors related to healthcare violence. The results will be submitted to the Chinese government's policy making department in order to improve the healthcare system. We also suggest several important strategies to prevent HCV in a healthcare setting, both in China and globally.

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