The disruptive physician. A quality of professional life factor

Physician Exec. 1999 Mar-Apr;25(2):56-61.


Medical leaders need to understand that attending to quality of professional life issues includes dealing with the insidious costs and stress associated with disruptive physician behavior. The disruptive physician or professional undermines practice morale, heightens turnover in the organization, steals from productive activities, increases the risks for ineffective or substandard practice, and causes distress among colleagues. Physician executives need to help reduce or prevent this behavior and develop accepted systems in which to manage, confront, and rehabilitate the person labeled "disruptive." Suggested strategies to consider in developing a system include: (1) Defining reasonable and competent interpersonal behavior; (2) educating in interpersonal skills; (3) evaluating interpersonal skills; (4) developing disruptive policy; and (5) assessing, confronting, and rehabilitating.

MeSH terms

  • Anger
  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Managed Care Programs / trends
  • Morale
  • Negotiating*
  • Organizational Policy
  • Physician Executives
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Risk Management
  • United States