Patient violence, physicians treatment decisions, and patient welfare: Evidence from China

Abstract Although violence in healthcare settings has become a common occurrence worldwide, there is limited evidence on the spillover effects of patient violence on physicians' medical decisions. Utilizing microdata on inpatients from a major public hospital, we investigated how extreme patient violence—the murder of a physician in China—affected physicians' treatment decisions and patient welfare in a hospital geographically distant from the murder site. By matching this patient dataset to physician profiles, we performed a difference‐in‐differences analysis in which the treatment group comprised patients admitted shortly before and after the murder shock, and the control group...

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