Violence, Illegal Acts Against Physicians and Other Health Professionals

The AAFP condemns violence or other illegal acts against physicians and other health professionals and urges prompt enforcement of laws prohibiting such activities.

The AAFP encourages all physicians to have a security manual/protocol in place and to include security issues when orienting and training new staff. Physicians and other health professionals should be aware of their surroundings and alert to potentially threatening situations or individuals at all times.

The AAFP deplores any illegal activity that interferes with patient welfare or harms those who are providing patient care. To those ends, physicians and other health providers are encouraged to build working relationships with their local law enforcement agencies to ensure community safety. (1993) (2011 COD)