In A Culture of Respect, Part 1: The Nature and Causes of Disrespectful Behavior by Physicians, ORDx+Rx’s Dr. Gerald Healy and his co-authors discuss the problem of inappropriate behavior during the performance of procedures, which is a serious impediment to safe practice and thus leads to unintended harm to patients. Dr. Healy notes that “Collaboration and the establishment of a culture of civility among the operative team leads to an efficient and cohesive approach to patient care.”

A substantial barrier to progress in patient safety is a dysfunctional culture rooted in widespread disrespect. The authors identify a broad range of disrespectful conduct, suggesting six categories for classifying disrespectful behavior in the health care setting: disruptive behavior; humiliating, demeaning treatment of nurses, residents, and students; passive-aggressive behavior; passive disrespect; dismissive treatment of patients; and systemic disrespect.

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