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Docs gone wild: Addressing unprofessional behavior among healthcare professionals

Having personal conversations in the hallways and making fun of other physicians to colleagues were among the most common unprofessional behaviors identified by hospitalists in a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine in May. The 77 participating hospitalists from three academic health centers reported not only observing these unprofessional behaviors, but also participating in them. Sixty-seven percent admitted to conducting personal conversations in hallways, and 40% admitted to mocking other physicians. Although hospitalist participation in exceptionally unprofessional behaviors, such as falsifying records, was low, the study highlights the pervasiveness of unprofessional behavior overall.

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