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The Joint Commission Standards for Managing Conflict
If your answer is NO to any of the above, your organization is at the risk of NOT providing excellence in quality patient care. Healthcare organizations that do not deal competently with conflict expose themselves to the high cost of litigation from both employees and patients.
The Joint Commission standards require that “the organization manages conflict between leadership groups to protect the quality and safety of care,” and the Joint Commission recognizes that “conflict among [leadership groups] with regard to accountabilities, policies, practices, and procedures that is not managed effectively ... has the potential to threaten health care safety and quality.”
The Standards Explained:
The standards imply that senior managers and medical staff leaders should work with their Board to develop an ongoing process for managing conflict among leadership groups, and requires Board approval of the process. At a minimum, your organization's conflict management process must include:
According to the standard “it is important that organization identify an individual skilled in managing conflict who can help the organization implement its conflict management process” and that individuals who help to implement a conflict management process -whether from inside or outside the organization- should be skilled in conflict management.
Additionally the standards require your organization to measure the culture of your facility and as part of standard LD.3.10, along with measuring the organization's culture of safety, your facility is required to make changes within the organization based on the results of those measurements.
Your facility is also required to have a code of conduct that outlines how to manage disruptive staff behavior- and disruptive behavior is not necessarily screaming and shouting- it can be as simple as a lack of co-operation. To address these concerns the Joint Commission has suggested leaders take the following actions to prevent these behaviors among staff members:
How Polarity Human Relationships Can Help You:
We know that policies and procedures don’t work on their own- they need your leaders, managers, and employees to make them work. In other words your entire staff must understand their need, believe in the approaches you adapt, and commit to creating a collaborative culture towards your patient care.
At Polarity Human Relationships we provide a range of services to address these needs and to work with you to ensure your organization or health care facility builds a credible and robust conflict management process that creates a collaborative working environment for your patients and staff. Our approach is to assist you develop or review your processes to ensure your organization has implemented a simple, easy to understand policies and procedures that are effective in sustaining a culture of patient care.