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When doctors behave badly: a call for civility

A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. It can be as blatant as a public argument between a hospitalist and emergency medicine physician about whether a patient requires admission.  But most commonly it is more nuanced and subtle.  Such as members of one speciality “bad-mouthing” another or a subspecialist criticizing a generalist for asking for a consult they don’t think is appropriate.  Not to mention the day-to-day interactions we have with other health care professionals in which we ignore, disregard, disparage, or otherwise fail to appreciate the work they do in caring for patients. I’m talking about incivility – not treating each ...

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