Effective Strategies to Deal With Disruptive Physicians

Disruptive behavior among physician has become a severe issue at many hospitals and health organizations. This inappropriate behavior has been affecting staff retention and patient safety negatively. Though a very few of the health service providers take the necessary steps to address the issue.

As per some recent reports, there have been more than 70% of doctors witnessed physician disruptive behavior once or more per month at their organizations. And more than at least one in ten doctors said they saw such incidents happen every day. There are no such specific reasons found that provoke this behavior but such behavior can range from doctors having a bad approach toward patients and staff and losing their temper to rejecting to follow an organization’s charting policies.

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Therefore, it is severely important to report the bad behavior of the physician but before you take some further actions it is wise to determine if the behavior of the said physician is actually disruptive. As many physicians are often alleged for behaving disruptively but in actuality, they are not disruptive. While where the situations are getting even worse, people are hardly taking any further actions.

Clinicians often wait to report an issue until after it already has had a negative effect on patient safety. But they are advised to report unsafe working conditions anonymously every time they see physician behaving disruptively. Listed below are some effective strategies to help clinicians in dealing with disruptive physician behavior.

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Create a code of conduct

All the hospitals or medical organizations should have a code of conduct that explicitly places out what behavior is expected of staff.

Give physicians options

Unsatisfactory behavior can often be the result of burnout among doctors other clinicians should urge to approach physicians in a collegial manner and offer them options, such as additional help or time off. Browse here to get more tips for dealing with disruptive physicians.