A total of 29 per cent of nurses in the UK suffer frequent violence at work, compared to 22 per cent across Europe.
Only nurses in France reported higher rates of violence than those for the UK, with 39 per cent of nurses reporting frequent violent events involving patients or relatives of patients.
The country with the lowest reported rate of violence was Norway, with just 9 per cent of nurses reporting frequent violence.
The research, published today in the journal Occupational Medicine, is part of a European Commission-funded investigation into reasons why nurses quit the profession prematurely.
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