Bench-to-bedside review: Leadership and conflict management in the intensive care unit
1 Department of Intensive Care, VU University Medical Centre, PO Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Kiefernweg 2, D-37120 Bovenden, Germany
Critical Care 2007, 11:234 doi:10.1186/cc6108
See related letter by Ersson and Chew, http://ccforum.com/content/12/1/404Published: 20 November 2007
In the management of critical care units, leadership and conflict management are vital areas for the successful performance of the unit. In this article a practical approach to define competencies for leadership and principles and practices of conflict management are offered. This article is, by lack of relevant intensive care unit (ICU) literature, not evidence based, but it is the result of personal experience and a study of literature on leadership as well on conflicts and negotiations in non-medical areas. From this, information was selected that was recognisable to the authors and, thus, also seems to be useful knowledge for medical doctors in the ICU environment.