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Bullying in the medical research environment
  1. Behnam Shakiba1,
  2. Nasim Torabi2
  1. 1Firoozgar Clinical Research Development Center, Firoozgar Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran (the Islamic Republic of)
  2. 2Cardiology Department, Firoozgar Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, The Islamic Republic of Iran
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nasim Torabi, Cardiology, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 14535, Iran (the Islamic Republic of);{at}

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Bullying and harassment, as widespread problems, negatively affect the medical training atmosphere. Accordingly, we read with great interest the paper by Alamri about the bullying of medical students in research projects.1 Herein, we would like to add a comment on this study. ‘Workplace bullying’, defined as a group of persistent, offensive and abusive behaviours which cause a negative effect on recipients, was described in the 1990s.2 Subsequently, many studies were conducted on the workplace bullying definition, prevalence, effects and prevention. Nevertheless, bullying in research is a relatively novel multifaceted topic.

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  • Contributors BS: Idea generation, approval of the final version. NT: Manuscript writing, approval of the final version.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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