By Christina Frangou

A new study looking at the root causes of disruptive behavior at a single hospital found that most reported cases of disruptive behavior were associated with systemic stresses in the clinical environment—such as inadequate hospital capacity, unclear policies and urgent competing responsibilities—rather than clinicians who repeatedly act in abusive, unprofessional or uncooperative ways.

Of 314 events reported over a three-year period, 74% of the events involved a