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Minerva Psichiatrica 2016 September;57(3):113-26

language: Italian

Safety and well-being of professionals working in psychiatry: reflections and proposals

Roberto CATANESI 1, Guido DI SCIASCIO 2, Claudia PALUMBO 3

1 Sezione Dipartimentale di Criminologia e Psichiatria Forense, Dim, Università di Bari, Bari, Italia; 2 Dipartimento di Neuroscienze ed Organi di Senso, Sezione di Psichiatria, Università di Bari, Bari, Italia; 3 Azienda Ospedaliera Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italia


Safety and well-being of health-care workers is a topic of current scientific debate. Available evidence shows that mental-health professionals are among those with the highest risk of being subject to violence in the workplace; they are also at risk of stalking, burn-out and work-related stress. The Authors provide a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on these topics. This review showed that scarce data are available in Italy and international research may be not easily transferable to the Italian context. Collecting reliable data is crucial to orient evidence-based decisions on safety and well-being in Italian Mental Health Department. This would allow the development of preventive measures, risk reduction strategies, training for professionals and recommendations for good practice. For these purposes, the Authors propose the creation of regional observatories.

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