Hospitalists ID Unprofessional Physician Behaviors

John Commins, June 15, 2012

Ridiculing coworkers, clumsy and callous patient transfers, texting during meetings, and leaving work early were among a handful of rare, but unprofessional behaviors attributed by some hospitalists to themselves and more so to their peers, a survey published in the in the Journal of Hospital Medicine shows.   

The survey and study asked 77 Illinois hospitalists to identify what they considered unprofessional behavior in themselves and their colleagues. 

Funded by the Society of Hospital Medicine, the study found that the most common unprofessional behaviors that hospitalists reported participating in were:

  • Having personal conversations in patient corridors (67%),
  • Ordering a routine test as urgent to expedite care (62%),
  • Signing out a patient over the phone when it could have been done in person (41%)
  • Making fun of other physicians to colleagues (40%).

Not surprisingly, when hospitalists were asked if they observed those behaviors in colleagues, the figures were much higher, at 80%, 80.5%, 66%, and 67.5% respectively.  

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.


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