Investigation of Incidence of Disruptive Behaviors in Health Care Units
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Research/Original Article (دارای رتبه معتبر)
Background and Aim

Disruptive behavior includes any in appropriate behavior, conflict, and confrontation, ranging from verbal abuse to physical or even sexual harassment which results in the injury or intimidation of others. Purpose of this study was to evaluate the disruptive behaviors prevalence and atmosphe re governing physicians - nurse relationships in the therapeutic community .

Materials and Methods

This is a descriptive cross - sectional study in which 248 health care setting staffs of Isfahan teaching hospitals were enrolled in the study by whole sampling method. Data were collected through a researcher - made questionnaire on disruptive behaviors with multiple - choice questions during the year 2017. Data were reported using descriptive statistics in SPSS software .


163 (65.7%) participants were femal e and the rest were male, 82 (33.1%) were from Al - Zahra Hospital and 105 (42.3%) were working in the emergency department. 212 (85.5%) of the respondents witnessed disruptive behaviors by physicians as well as nurses and 200 (80.6%) witnessed disruptive be haviors by other hospital staff. 17 (6.9%) and 148 (59.7%) of answerers were reported there is very positive and relatively positive relationship between nurse and doctor .

Ethical Considerations

 This article is the result of a research project approved by Code 292272 in the Research Committee of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. Prior to the study, informed consent was obtained from all respondents .


Since disruptive behavior has a high incidence among physicians and nurses and has a negat ive impact on their relationship, having an efficient management system for everyone and providing communication training is of paramount importance

Journal of Medical Ethics, Volume:13 Issue: 44, 2019
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