FHS Seminar Series - Is violence in health care in BC an intractable problem? Highlights from a program of research

by Dr. Christopher McLeod, Associate Professor & Co-Director of the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC and Sharon Provost, PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC

October 18, 2018

Event Type

Seminar Series


October 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Blusson Hall, Room 9920


Violence towards health care workers is a central occupational and public health concern. Recent research and surveillance of work-related violence rates in healthcare indicates that these are increasing in spite of efforts to reduce or prevent them. This research seminar will present findings from a program of research at the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety at UBC that focuses on identifying violence-related risk factors and on evaluating preventative strategies to reduce the risk of violence. We will provide an overview of research that has a) identified leading indicators of the risk of violence in healthcare; b) examined return-to-work outcomes after violence-related injury; and that is assessing the effectiveness of violence related-education using realist review and evaluation approaches.


Dr. Christopher McLeod is an associate professor and co-director of the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto. His research focuses on the program and policy evaluation of occupational health policies and practices and on the causes and consequences of work-related injury and disease. Current research includes an evaluation of workplace violence prevention programs in the health care sector; an assessment of the effectiveness of occupational health and safety management systems; and national and international comparative work on return-to-work after work injury. Dr. McLeod holds a PhD in population and public health from UBC and a MA in economics from McMaster University and is supported through a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award.

Sharon Provost, RN BSN MA, is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC. After a 32 year career in healthcare, Sharon left a leadership position to pursue a PhD fueled by a passion to continue to address emotional health issues in the healthcare workplace. Her goal is to conduct meaningful research that models partnerships between academia and the public sector, and provides practical information and tools to support leaders to create healthy workplaces. For her PhD research, Sharon is using a realist approach to conduct a literature review and an evaluation of the Provincial Violence Prevention education in emergency departments across three BC Health Authorities.


  • This Seminar Series is open to the SFU and the Broader Research Community.  
  • This seminar may be webcast and recorded.
  • A light lunch will be available at this seminar.  
  • The FHS Research Seminar Series is an Accredited Small Group Learning by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.