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Team conflict and the neurologist.


Collaboration within a complicated organization is inherently challenging and can be fraught with discord. Recent emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative teamwork in neurology has brought this issue to the forefront of daily practice. The health care system can be complex and opaque, and the stakes-human life-are high. Medical team conflict has been associated with decreased subjective effectiveness, less job satisfaction, and increase in errors. As specialists, neurologists are necessarily embedded within a network of providers and must be adept in the understanding and management of conflictual situations. For the practicing neurologist, it is important to understand team conflict dynamics. Here, management strategies are provided that illustrate how individual neurologists can serve as effective leaders who mitigate harmful effects and capitalize on benefits of team conflict on performance.

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