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Disruptive Physicians and the Emotional Toll of Medical Practice

Many physicians work in a demanding professional climate fraught with long hours, rapidly paced schedules and, most often, an overwhelming clinical responsibility.  As a backdrop to these daily rigors, the onus of legal liability along with professional isolation, will, over the long haul, exponentially compound the emotional toll of a medical practice. While these are…

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Disruptive Physicians: Evaluating Your Own Interactional Style – Passivity and Passive Aggression

Passivity and passive aggression in medical practice may actually be one and the same.  A passive physician can be disruptive to effective patient care and the performance of the work team.  An ‘absent’ physician can also greatly increase the risk of error and adverse incidents.  Passive behaviors such as not communicating pertinent clinical information through…

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Managing Disruptive Physician-Generated Risk in Communication Patterns

A physician’s communication style can dramatically increase the risk of serious error in patient care.  Simple adjustments in style can conversely reduce risk and liability.  The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson written in 1981 has sold millions of copies. It is still a gold standard of manageable ways to reduce work…

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Professional Consequences for the Disruptive Physician—the role of other physicians and professional organizations

Physicians considered “disruptive” in their professional lives are now faced with a greater possibility of administrative interventions due to JCAHO standards.  Interventions could result in loss of facility privileges, limited or lost privileges to practice medicine and even legal proceedings.  Physicians should be aware that administrative agencies could require that a disruptive physician undergo psychological…

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Anger Management Executive Coaching Services for Physicians in Houston, Texas

Anger Management Institute of Texas’ Executive Coaching Program for Disruptive Physicians is experiencing a dramatic increase in referrals from Texas, and Louisiana.  All of the referrals have been made by management of accredited hospital/organizations as a result of JCAHO Sentinel Event Alert Issue 40, July 9, 2008 which became effective January 1, 2009 regarding physicians displaying…

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Anger Management and Emotional Intelligence

The four domains of emotional intelligence are: ·Self-awareness/anger management ·Self-control ·Social Awareness ·Relationship Management Anger management is actually the key to managing all intense, negative emotions. Emotions determine our styles of communication as well as our ability to make decisions. Anger is a common symptom of stress. All legitimate anger management classes, as well as…

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Recession Increases the Demand for Anger Management Services

As our economy continues to decline, there is a dramatic increase in referrals to anger management coaching programs. It is generally recognized that stress is rampant among persons who have lost jobs, faced foreclosures and other consequences of a down economy. The holiday period exacerbates these stresses. Anger is a secondary emotion that is always…

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Economic Crises Fuels Stress and Anger

One of the unfortunate consequences of the tragedy of 9/11 was a nationwide increase in the incidence of anger, stress, PTSD, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Research conducted by the Rand Corporation and the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA Medical Center indicated that the impact of this disaster on vulnerable persons was the same, independent of…

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