Recognise any of these 4 difficult doctors?

'Disruptive behaviours' can lead to medical errors and push colleagues to change jobs, say US gastroenterologists

Doctors-turned-budding sociologists have confirmed what most doctors know already — it’s not only patients who can be difficult. Medical colleagues can be tricky to navigate too.

Doctor types

Three US gastroenterologists have identified four key “disruptive physician” types who can make it hard for colleagues to negotiate care for patients.

Writing in Gastroenterology, they say a major US report on patient safety shows that such disruptive behaviours can lead to medical errors, poor patient satisfaction, preventable adverse outcomes