Violence towards Physicians in Turkey: A Grounded Theory Analysis


DOI: 10.16917/iusosyoloji.331332

OnlineFirst published on August 20, 2017

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The main purpose of this study is to examine the attitudes and behaviors of physicians in Turkey who have been intensely subjected to violence in recent years and to discover how they bring about the causes of violence. In order to achieve this, it was aimed to deepen the different approaches of violence in social sciences and to reveal possible sociological reasons of violence in the field of health. The main problem of the research is the possibility that the services offered by the physicians in hospitals cannot be fulfilled with full fear of suffering from violence and this situation may be experienced in increasingly wider areas. In the study, in-depth interviews are conducted with 18 physicians working in public hospitals and private hospitals in Ankara and Düzce. Interviews were analyzed based on the principles of the grounded theory. The findings of the research are based on the comparison of quality of service, time allocated for patients, exposing to violence and satisfaction levels. The dissatisfaction from health services of patients and tension of physicians affect the quality of service offered. As a result of this research it has been demonstrated that physicians wanted to get through the process of encountering the patient with the least damage without suffering from violence. As a result of the study, it has been determined that the focal point of violence ex- perienced in patient-physician relation in Turkey is the negative outcomes of health transition program. In addition, within the scope of this research, some health policies have been critically evaluated in Turkey and some suggestions have been made.

Health transition • Violence • Qualitative research • Grounded theory • Physician perspective

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