The cost of disruptive and unprofessional behaviors in health care

James V Rawson, Norman Thompson, Gilberto Sostre Dealba, Lori Deitte

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Abstract

Rationale and Objectives: In an era of decreased reimbursements and rising expenses, academic health care systems are seeking alternative sources of funding. We hypothesized that the costs associated with disruptive physician behavior represented a source of potential savings and hence a possible financial stream which could be redirected to support other academic activities. Materials and Methods: To test this hypothesis, we reviewed costs associated with disruptive behavior in clinical and education settings and estimated their savings in academic health care systems. Results: In a 400 bed hospital, the combined costs for disruptive physician behaviors (due to staff turnover, medication errors and procedural errors) exceed $1 million. Conclusions: Reducing disruptive physician behavior in academic health care systems is a potential funding stream with the added benefits of improved patient safety, reduced medical errors and improved medical student/resident education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1074-1076
Number of pages3
JournalAcademic Radiology
Volume20
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

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Professional Misconduct
Delivery of Health Care
Costs and Cost Analysis
Physicians
Education
Medical Errors
Medication Errors
Hospital Costs
Patient Safety
Medical Students
Problem Behavior

Keywords

  • Academic radiology
  • Disruptive physician
  • Impaired physician

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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The cost of disruptive and unprofessional behaviors in health care. / Rawson, James V; Thompson, Norman; Sostre Dealba, Gilberto; Deitte, Lori.

In: Academic Radiology, Vol. 20, No. 9, 01.09.2013, p. 1074-1076.

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Rawson, James V ; Thompson, Norman ; Sostre Dealba, Gilberto ; Deitte, Lori. / The cost of disruptive and unprofessional behaviors in health care. In: Academic Radiology. 2013 ; Vol. 20, No. 9. pp. 1074-1076.
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