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Quantifying, controlling obnoxious physicians

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Medscape looks at the problem of nasty physicians:

“More than 70 percent of physicians say that disruptive physician behavior occurs at least once a month at their organizations, and more than 10 percent say that such incidents occur every day, according to a 2011 study of more than 840 physicians and physician leaders from QuantiaMD and the American College of Physician Executives.¬†One half of the respondents reported that they know patients have left their practices because of disruptive physician behavior.”

But, happily, in 2008, the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations “started requiring hospitals to confront disruptive medical staff members, implement a code of conduct, and provide education to address the behavior. That new requirement has made hospitals far less tolerant of doctors who act out by throwing instruments or abusing staff.”

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