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The aim of this study was to the explore the nature of conflict and increase the understanding of the role of conflict as a non-technical skill, drawing on literature from organizational behaviour, leadership, patient safety and medical simulation. The review highlights the different conflict types in time critical settings, both emotional and constructive. It proposes that it may be possible to use this knowledge to enable team leaders and team members to be aware of -emotional- or -dysfunctional- conflict, and appreciate when it is about to escalate and consider strategies that could be useful in such a setting to defuse it. -Emotional conflict- is often exacerbated by stress and-or previous learned feelings of failure or helplessness. If individuals learn to recognise conflict does not have to be destructive and learn techniques such as reappraising a situation, active listening and good respectful communication with team members, the emotional climate in teams could be improved and useful discussion regarding patient care would ensue. Finally the study hopes to show how teams could make use of -constructive- conflict to improve team function, team member confidence and a flattening of hierarchies within the team.

KEYWORDS

Emotional Conflict, Recognition of Stress, Stress Management, Conflict Management Strategies, Organizational Structure, Constructive Conflict

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Norris, E. 2016 Managing Conflict in a Time Critical Environment—A Neglected Non-Technical Skill Submission for Special Edition—Team Management. Open Journal of Applied Sciences, 6, 123-130. doi: 10.4236-ojapps.2016.62013.





Author: Elizabeth M. Norris

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