Concerns regarding the “disruptive physician” have been reported in the medical literature for at least the past 30 years. Recently, there has been the perception that the problem is increasing, although it is unclear if this is because of increased awareness or greater surveillance or because more physicians are acting unprofessionally. A report from 2006 estimated that 3% to 5% of physicians had demonstrated behavior that interferes with patient care or could be expected to interfere with the process of delivering quality care.

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