Lewd, Crude, and Rude Behavior

The Impact of Manners and Etiquette in the General Hospital

Benjamin C. Silverman, Thomas W. Stern, Anne Gross, Donald L. Rosenstein, Theodore A. Stern

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Background: Lewd, crude, and rude behaviors of patients and staff members have the potential to complicate care; unfortunately, the medical literature on manners and etiquette is sparse. Objective: We sought to understand the impact of lewd, crude, and rude behaviors in the general hospital and to provide a context in which to educate clinicians about the management of troublesome behaviors of patients and staff members. Method: We reviewed the history of etiquette in the general hospital, and discuss the ethical ramifications and clinical management of inappropriate behaviors. Results: Lewd, crude, and rude language and behaviors are often heard and seen in the general hospital; such behaviors can be understood in a biopsychosocial context. Conclusions: Teaching trainees about manners and etiquette can help them identify and manage offensive behaviors and can facilitate the provision of effective and ethical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Lewd, Crude, and Rude Behavior : The Impact of Manners and Etiquette in the General Hospital. / Silverman, Benjamin C.; Stern, Thomas W.; Gross, Anne; Rosenstein, Donald L.; Stern, Theodore A.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 53, No. 1, 01.2012, p. 13-20.

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Silverman, Benjamin C. ; Stern, Thomas W. ; Gross, Anne ; Rosenstein, Donald L. ; Stern, Theodore A. / Lewd, Crude, and Rude Behavior : The Impact of Manners and Etiquette in the General Hospital. In: Psychosomatics. 2012 ; Vol. 53, No. 1. pp. 13-20.
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