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A recent study suggests that bad behavior by some doctors contributes to medical mistakes, preventable complications and even death. Arrogant, abusive and disruptive behavior by doctors causes injuries and death. According to Dr. Peter B. Angood, the the chief patient safety officer at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCOAH), this bad behavior is the medical equivalent of “road rage.” A survey of hospital health care workers from 2004 to 2007 showed that 67% of them felt there was a link between disruptive behavior and medical mistakes. And 18% of them said they knew of a medical mistake made due to an obnoxious doctor. Another survey by the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices determined that 40% of hospital staff reported being so intimidated by a doctor that they did not share their concerns about medication orders that appeared to them to be incorrect. Consequently, 7% say they contributed to a medication error. Almost every nurse can tell a story about an abusive, arrogant and obnoxious doctor, belittling them, yelling at them, or insulting them in the presence of others.
Don’t tolerate a bad bedside manner. Get another doctor. Otherwise, you or a loved one could be injured or die as a result. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medical mistake or medical malpractice, call CGWC for a free consultation.