Five Fundamentals of Civility

People like being treated well. A civil approach to relationships in the healthcare workplace – any workplace – has merit, but there are many questions to explore. While most doctors interact with others in a civil manner most of the time, anyone can experience lapses occasionally.

When the many dimensions of civility are considered more closely, it appears that there is much that can be learned about the causes of incivility and the strategies that can be adopted to foster civil behaviour, even at times of risk.

As such, we offer the series of articles below as Five Fundamentals of Civility for Physicians.