What factors contribute to physician bad behavior?

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Fifty three percent of physicians said physician bad behavior was due to general personal arrogance, according to Medscape's report, "Physicians Behaving Badly: Has It Gotten Worse?"

Medscape surveyed more than 2,000 physicians for a report on the extent and nature of bad behavior among physicians in the past five years. 

Here are the factors that surveyed physicians said contributed to bad behavior:

  • General personal arrogance: 53 percent 
  • Changing times and acceptance of more casual behavior: 53 percent
  • Personal issues unrelated to work: 51 percent 
  • Job-related stress: 41 percent
  • Lack of training in medical school on social skills: 28 percent
  • More demanding patients: 21 percent
  • Mental health effects from working during the COVID-19 pandemic: 18 percent 
  • Six percent said they don't think any factors are contributing to inappropriate or unprofessional behaviors.

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