Doctors behaving badly

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One physician had the social skills of a 2-year-old, said a nurse in an anonymous survey on disruptive behavior published last year. A cardiologist was upset by phone calls and told a nurse it was not her job to think, just follow orders — a squabble that delayed treatment for a patient with a heart attack. On the other hand, a doctor complained about an increasing lack of respect from nurses who frequently challenged or flatly disobeyed clinician orders.

The Joint Commission is calling on hospitals to crack down on “disruptive” health care professionals, over concerns that such behavior impacts patient care. A new commission standard taking effect in January 2009 will require hospital administrators to adopt codes defining disruptive behavior and develop procedures to discipline medical staff and other health professionals who behave badly.

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