Violence, Illegal Acts Against Physicians and Other Health Professionals

The AAFP condemns violence and or other illegal acts against physicians and other health professionals and urges prompt enforcement of laws prohibiting such activities. The AAFP supports classifying violent crimes against physicians and other health professionals as felonies.

The AAFP encourages all physicians health care facilities to have a security manual/protocol in place, and to include security issues when orienting and training new staff, and to consider performing routine security drills or simulations. 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 professionals providers are encouraged to build working relationships with their local law enforcement agencies to ensure community safety. (1993) (2017 April BOD)