Taming Disruptive Behavior

Taming Disruptive Behavior

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Disruptive behavior can happen in any workplace, but when it hits healthcare organizations, it can have dramatic impacts on patient care. In this definitive book by two expert therapists who have studied all aspects of disruptive behavior, you will learn not only how to recognize it, but also how to manage chronic disruptive behavior instead of looking the other way.

Are you dealing with behaviors such as these?

Unwillingness to adhere to company or practice policiesConstant tardiness, disorganization, inability to maintain a scheduleUnprofessional appearance or demeanor; poor bedside mannerUnwillingness to help out in a pinch or assume responsibilityOffensive humorSexual misconduct at work - sexual inuendo and sexual harassmentClinical "laziness" - not interested in keeping up on advances in the field; stubborn, inflexibleArgumentative (always right, never wrong)Complaining to patients, staff, physicians outside the group about colleagues and internal mattersCritical, derogatory, foul, or crude language useInappropriate expressions of anger, resentment, extreme negativity, moodiness, or irritabilityThreats of violence or legal action directed at staff, partners, patientsUnethical, illegal, or unscrupulous behavior; lack of a sense of morality

No matter the situation you are facing in your healthcare setting, Taming Disruptive Behavior will provide you with a framework that clearly describes the problem and the solution:

How to distinguish between "unconventional" and truly disruptive behaviorWhat to do if you are perceived as disruptive Telltale signs of sexual misconduct in the workplaceSpecial considerations in dealing with nurses and members of the care teamWhat to do if a physician executive or board member is the problemThe role of human resources, the legal department, patient safety, quality management, risk management, and medical staffWhen to get outside support and where to find helpAppendix: Programs for Disruptive Professionals included
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"As the medical director of the Physician Health Program for our state, I encounter physicians with problems related to disruptive behavior on a daily basis. The negative impact that an organizational leader with these behaviors will have on the organization can e tremendous, with a trickledown effect that can damage the entire institution. Intervention and treatment are very effective and can turn even the most seemingly hopeless situations into positive experiences. This book provides a framework that clearly describes the problem and the solutions and will be an extremely valuable tool for any hospital, board of directors, corporation or treatment provider looking for guidance in these complicated situations, and I highly recommend it."

Scott Hambleton, MD, FASAM

"This is an excellent book by two authors with both practical experience on the front lines of treatment backed by a thorough knowledge of the growing amount of literature in the field. This is the original meaning of "evidenced based," clinical experience plus knowledge of the latest research. I highly recommend this as an authoritative initial read for those unfamiliar with the topic and a good review for those who have past familiarity with worksite disruptive behavior."

Peter A. Mansky, MD, DLFAPA

Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Immediate Past President (FSPHP) Federation of State Physicians Health Programs
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