May 27, 2011
In addition to my work with disruptive professionals, consulting to workplaces, etc, I also do psychotherapy with adults, older adolescents and seniors. Many of my patients are dealing with relationship problems – – breakups, cheating, separation or just adjusting to being single. When people are thrust “out there” in the dating world (especially if they have been in a committed relationship for years) have to refamiliarize themselves with “safe sex” practice. Since the late 1980’s/early 1990’s most of what sexually active people are concerned about when they contemplate safe sex is avoiding HIV. However recent studies have shown that Herpes is a far more prevalent sexually transmitted infection than we ever expected (apparently STDs are now referred to as STIs). Last month, a very eye-opening article was published in JAMA; it essentially reported that many people have Herpes but do not know it because they don’t have symptoms, and that Herpes is transmittable even when there is not an active outbreak. What this means is that sexually active people who are not practicing safe sex may unknowingly be contracting and/or spreading Herpes (and other STIs, of course).
May 26, 2011
I just watched an interesting presentation by the American College of Physician Executives on the Causes and Effects of Disruptive Behaviors. It was a nice, short presentation that addressed the prevalence and the impact of disruptive behavior among physicians. Interestingly, in their study, 99% of the individuals surveyed reported patient-safety implications secondary to a doctor’s disruptive behavior.
May 18, 2011
Apparently today, May 18th, is Mental Health Month blog day. The American Psychological Association (APA) has tons of information on their website about mental health issues and the implications of appropriately resourcing (and not appropriately resourcing) mental health services in the community, in the workplace, in prison systems, etc. I would encourage you to browse around APA’s site, perhaps reading an article in the Monitor on Psychology, looking into the Psychologically Health Workplace Awards, children’s mental health, or whatever interests you.
May 10, 2011
The NYT ran a nice Op-Ed piece written by an oncology nurse about the impact of disruptive behavior on her morale, communication and, most importantly, patient safety. Unfortunately this nurse’s experience is not uncommon. I hear similar stories practically every day. What made this nurse’s experience different was the callousness of the physician who proudly told her that she could quote him in the piece; in my experience working with physicians, nurses, psychologists, executives and other professionals is that they typically don’t intend to be disruptive, hostile or abusive. We all know, however, that intention and perception are two different things. We often mean no harm but still inflict considerable damage upon those around us.