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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 457-463

Conflicts in operating room: Focus on causes and resolution


1 Department of Anesthesia, Government Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab, India
3 Department of ENT, Civil Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Neeru Bala
Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Amritsar - 143 001, Punjab
India
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.159476

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The operation theater (OT) environment is the most complex and volatile workplace where two coequal physicians share responsibility of one patient. Difference in information, opinion, values, experience and interests between a surgeon and anesthesiologist may arise while working in high-pressure environments like OT, which may trigger conflict. Quality of patient care depends on effective teamwork for which multidisciplinary communication is an essential part. Troubled relationships leads to conflicts and conflicts leads to stressful work environment which hinders the safe discharge of patient care. Unresolved conflicts can harm the relationship but when handled in a positive way it provides an opportunity for growth and ultimately strengthening the bond between two people. By learning the skills to resolve conflict, we can keep our professional relationship healthy and strong which is an important component of good patient care.


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