Colleague abuse experienced by majority of doctors

The survey of 150 Australian hospital doctors, commissioned by indemnifier Avant, said 78% of respondents had experienced verbal abuse, “subversive dialogue”, passive aggressive behaviour and even physically threatening behaviour from a colleague.

An overwhelming majority or 90% of doctors believed disruptive behaviours affected patient safety but just 59% felt comfortable reporting these behaviours.

One in five doctors disagreed with the statement “I feel comfortable speaking up or reporting episodes of behaviours that undermine a culture of safety [disruptive behaviour] in my workplace”.

Just 53% felt there were adequate systems in place to report such behaviours.

It also found 43% of doctors have witnessed one or more types of disruptive behaviour that impacted patient outcomes.

The survey found that the biggest concern regarding staff behaviour in hospitals was poor communication with 45% of