A recent article in BMJ Quality and Safety cites evidence that unprofessional behaviour is associated with (and likely causal of) unsafe practice. This is an intriguing finding from a number of studies and has verisimilitude. These are not experimental studies and so cause and effect remains unproven. Nevertheless, there are good theoretical reasons for accepting a cause and effect explanation. In any case, it is good to exhibit professional behaviour, net of any technical association.
As to how to improve ‘professionalism’, that is a more complex matter. I think it would be very hard to select for this attribute, but I also suspect that cognitive ability and great role models are important in generating this, and other types of, desired behaviour.
— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director
- Wong BM & Ginsburg S. Speaking up against unsafe unprofessional behaviours: the difficulty in knowing when and how. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017; 26: 859-62.