Bullying and undermining; a threat to both patient care and medical personnel wellbeing? A cross sectional survey of the undergraduates, trainees and consultants in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the West Midlands (Published 2015)
Apr 06, 2016
Parry-Smith W, Morse L, Sutherland A, Horrocks P, and O'Mahony F
The aim of this study was to explore the nature of bullying behaviours as well as proposed solutions from the respondents of an anonymous survey of all levels of seniority within Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the West Midlands region.
Objective: To explore the nature of bullying behaviours as well as proposed solutions from the respondents of an anonymous survey of all levels of seniority within Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the West Midlands region.
Design: A cross-sectional anonymous online survey using a qualitative thematic approach, survey data was explored in an analysis of the behaviour(s) experienced, the environment in which it was encountered and the methods employed.
Participants: Consultants, trainees and medical students within the West Midlands.
Deborah Murdoch Eaton
This is a very well written paper. Unfortunately the assumption is that "non respondents were assumed to have not been subjected to bullying" and this is inappropriate. Despite this assumption it woudl mean that a minimum of 15% of the cohort sampled would have experienced this . The authors proivde a valuable analysis including indication of behaviours - which are key points to highlight for training - and particularly identify the crucial part of inclusion within a cohesive and supportive team makes towards appropriate modes of behaviour. The reinforcement of a vertical culture of bullying is well made.