MADELINE H. SCHMITT, R.N., Ph.D.; T. FRANKLIN WILLIAMS, M.D.
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To the editor: In the July issue (1), data on nurse-physician relationships were reported from a questionnaire and interview survey of nurses and physicians in a national sample of urban hospitals. The results emphasize the generally positive regard between physicians and nurses in the sample, describe the content of specific disagreements, and report the frequency with which disagreements were managed by various conflict-handling modes. The most frequently used modes were competition and accommodation. Collaboration was rare, as were compromise and avoidance. While noting that disagreement is not necessarily bad, the authors assert the importance of effective teamwork and question the
SCHMITT MH, WILLIAMS TF. Nurse-Physician Collaboration and Outcomes for Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;103:956. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-6-956_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(6_Part_1):956.
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