EFPT Research Working Group

Dear colleague,

Violence against psychiatric trainees (VAPT) is an international project within the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) which aims to assess the relevance and impact in different countries of assaults/aggressions to psychiatric trainees/residents by patients during their daily clinical work. Acknowledging that patients with mental disorders are not intrinsically violent, EFPT wants to raise awareness, improve the prevention and management policies and fight against stigma.

Definitions of assault and types:
1. Physical assault: contact by another person with intent to harm, including punching, kicking, slapping, biting, stabbing, grabbing, spitting, wrestling to the ground, pinning to the floor, spitting and/or throwing objects directly.
2. Sexual assault: unwanted sexual contacts, including rape, attempted rape, fondling, forced kissing and/or exposing.
3. Verbal assault: racial slurs, other derogatory comments, statements meant to frighten and/or threaten staff and staff families and/or any other threats to safety, life and property.

We would very much appreciate your kind collaboration by answering this short questionnaire (it will only take 5 minutes), whether or not you have suffered any assaults. Furthermore, to ensure representability, it would be important to collect as many different answers as possible, so it would be great if you answer it in any case and ask your colleagues to do the same.

Thank you!


EFPT VAPT Research group

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* 1. What is your country? (where currently training; write in capital letters and official UN English spelling):

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 3. What is your gender?

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* 4. Which is your psychiatric specialty of training?

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* 5. Which percentage of training have you already completed (ie. completed years/total years of training)?

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* 6. Have you ever been (physically, sexually or verbally) assaulted (see definitions of assaults) by any patient while working as a psychiatric trainee in a Mental Health setting?

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* 7. How many times have you been assaulted in any of these ways?

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* 8. When did the last(s) assault(s) take place?

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* 9. Which type(s) of assault(s) (see definitions of assaults) have you suffered? (check that/those suffered)

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* 10. In which clinical setting have you suffered this/these assault(s)?

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* 11. Have you reported any of this/these assault(s) to any authority?

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* 12. Did you call the police or another security officer/guard in these cases to seek help or report the assaults?

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* 13. What kind of impact have these assaults had on you? (check all applicable options)

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* 14. Is there any training for the staff in your hospital to prevent and manage the aggressions from patients?

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* 15. Is there any established plan in your hospital to be followed in case of suffering aggressions from patients?

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