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News and briefs: Survey says residents work through possible illness

Residency Program Insider, June 26, 2012

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A 2010 survey of 150 residents shows that many worked through flulike symptoms during training in the previous year. About 51% of those surveyed confirmed working with such symptoms at least once, according to the survey results published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Twenty-four (17% of those surveyed) admitted to working with flulike symptoms at least three times within the previous year. Female residents had a higher rate of working under these circumstances when compared to male residents, and second-year residents admitted to working while sick more than first-year residents.

According to the survey, an obligation to patients was the most common reason given for continuing to work despite warning signs of illness. Fourteen residents admitted the possibility of directly transmitting illness to a patient.

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