Invitation to Congress


Prof. Dr. Seval AKGÜN, MD, PhDs 

Prof. Dr. Rashid Bin Khalfan Al-Abri
Co - Chair
Sultanate of Oman
Dear participants,

Violence and threat of violence in healthcare associations highly influence both the burnout and unsatisfaction of the working personnel, and the structure of the organization. Violence towards healthcare professionals is a psychosocially growing problem that is not new. International Labor Organization (ILO–2002) defines workplace violence and violences relation to violence clearly as; “ harassment and threats that they face in relation to their occupational situations that risk their safety, health and well being either openly or veiled, including personnels comings and goings from work ” and by doing this emphasizes the rights that workers and healthcare providers have to work in a safe environment. Situations considered as violence in healthcare associations are acts that form a risk for the healthcare provider such as, threats (verbal or physical), physical attacks and harassment that come from patients, their relatives or any other individual. Violence either in the workplace or related to their occupation can lead to; death (workplace homicide), physical injury, loss of tissue/organs and not being able to look after patients either briefly or permanently. We can see that even though healthcare providers are personnels that work directly to reduce violence they also are victims of it. Researches state that the form of violence in healthcare environments can show certain differences compared to other working environments and that violence is most commonly seen in the health industry. The risk of healthcare providers facing violence is 16 times more possible than the service sectors. According to NIOSH even though every single sector of health providers face violence in physiatrics , emergency services,waiting rooms and elder treatment units are more likely to recur and end in results such as non-serious or serious injuries,not being able to work briefly or permanently, psychological trauma and or death.
All healthcare providers, especially doctors and nurses are in a highly risky environments in the sense of facing violence. Violence cases that are seen in the health industry form almost 25% of the violence faced in working environments. According to certain studies violence faced by healthcare providers can lead to low moral, disability, shift changes becoming more frequent, shifting their occupational choices, burnout and loss of trust. With the death numbers going up in 2003, violence towards healthcare providers started to increase, however we can see that violence has increased more than ever in the last 4-5 years. Especially in the pandemic every individual around the globe were trapped in their own homes for days, months on end, and were able to keep themselves safe by not going to their work environments while healthcare providers worked for everyones safety and selflessly risked themselves and their health. As a result they faced Covid-19, long working hours, psychological issues, fatigue, occupational burnout, stigma and physical and psychological violence. It should be clear that “ If Healthcare professionals  are  burnout, their places could not be filled.”.
For this reason the main theme for our 4.International Congress on Occupational Safety Health in Health Care Facilities will be“Burnout on Healthcare Professionals and Violence Towards Them” Changes done in the legislation and enforcements of our country in relation to occupational safety and health in healthcare services has helped make important changes and improvements in the application of personnel safety. Even though health institutions, which are considered to be among the heaviest and most dangerous business places, have been making the necessary changes in line with the legislation since 2013. They are regularly monitored by the inspectors of both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Serviceshowever, we still have a long way to go.
The congress will try to create a platform where presentations, workshops, oral and poster presentations, ccupational diseases and occupational accidents in healthcare professionals, and methods and innovations that ensure occupational health and safety in healthcare institutions will be discussed. In addition, we would like you to share with us the experiences, experiences, lessons learned, gains, difficulties, fears, problems and consequences of healthcare professionals Important progress has been made in the century we left behind regarding occupational diseases. However, there is still a need to strengthen health and social insurance systems the activities performed in healthcare facilities in relation to occupational safety and health ensure that the personnels; principle of taking protective measures by identifying the risks that may arise from the working environment and the work they do and that may harm their health and safety, and requires scientific and systematic work.
This congress will try to give opportunity everyone working in this field for discussing occupational health, safety and ways to improve and provide the safety needed. As congress chairs, we are hoping to meet each and everyone of you with great enthusiasm and interest, and to work with you during the congress.
We would be delighted to see you among us.

Prof. Dr. Seval AKGÜN, MD, PhDs, Msc, CPHHA
Congress Chair