Violence, Illegal Acts Against Physicians and Other Health Professionals

The AAFP condemns violence and 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 health care facilities to have a security protocol in place 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. Physicians and other health professionals are encouraged to build working relationships with local law enforcement agencies. (1993) (2017 COD)