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Is disruptive behavior inherent to the surgeon or the environment? Analysis of 314 events at a single academic medical center.

Heslin MJ, Singletary BA, Benos KC, et al. Is Disruptive Behavior Inherent to the Surgeon or the Environment? Analysis of 314 Events at a Single Academic Medical Center. Ann Surg. 2019;270(3):463-472. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000003469.

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September 4, 2019
Heslin MJ, Singletary BA, Benos KC, et al. Ann Surg. 2019;270(3):463-472.

Disruptive behavior is a recognized threat to patient safety. In this study at a single academic medical center, the investigators sought to characterize the root causes of disruptive behavior by comparing the perspectives of the person reporting the incident and the involved persons (often a surgeon). The most common contributing factors to disruptive behavior included the stress of the clinical situation and unclear hospital policies, implying that both individual and system-level interventions may be helpful in preventing these behaviors.

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Heslin MJ, Singletary BA, Benos KC, et al. Is Disruptive Behavior Inherent to the Surgeon or the Environment? Analysis of 314 Events at a Single Academic Medical Center. Ann Surg. 2019;270(3):463-472. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000003469.