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Title: Disruptive behavior in a high-power distance culture and a three-dimensional framework for curbing it
Authors: Lim, S 
Goh, EY
Tay, E
Tong, YK 
Chung, D
Devi, K 
Tan, CH 
Indran, IR 
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2022
Publisher: Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)
Citation: Lim, S, Goh, EY, Tay, E, Tong, YK, Chung, D, Devi, K, Tan, CH, Indran, IR (2022-01-01). Disruptive behavior in a high-power distance culture and a three-dimensional framework for curbing it. Health Care Management Review 47 (2) : 133-143. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background Disruptive behavior can harm high-quality care and is prevalent in many Western public health systems despite increasing spotlight on it. Comparatively less knowledge about it is available in Asia, a region commonly associated with high-power distance, which may limit its effectiveness in addressing disruptive behavior. Purpose The aim of this study was to develop a comprehensive framework for tackling disruptive behavior among health care professionals in a public health system. Methodology A nationwide cross-sectional study relying on the Nurse-Physician Relationship Survey was conducted in Singapore. Four hundred eighty-six public health care professionals responded. Results Two hundred ninety-eight doctors (95.5%) and 163 nurses (93.7%) had witnessed a form of disruptive behavior. Doctors observed disruptive behavior committed by other doctors and nurses much more frequently than did nurses. Doctors made stronger associations between disruptive behavior and negative employee outcomes and between disruptive behavior and negative patient outcomes. Qualitative analyses of participants' open-ended answers produced a multipronged three-dimensional approach for tackling disruptive behavior: (a) deterrent measures, (b) development of knowledge and skills, and (c) demonstration of organizational commitment through proper norms, empathizing with staff, and structural reforms. Practice Implications Disruptive behavior is a multifaceted problem requiring a multipronged approach. Our three-dimensional framework is a comprehensive approach for giving health care professionals the capability, opportunity, and motivation to address disruptive behavior effectively.
Source Title: Health Care Management Review
ISSN: 03616274
DOI: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000315
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