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Study: Residents willing to work while sick

Residency Program Insider, October 16, 2015

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More than one-third of residents said they would work even if they knew they had the flu, according a study by researchers of at the University of California Irvine. While residents were the most likely to say they would work with the flu, only about 9% of attending physicians said they would.

The findings, which were based on a survey of nearly 500 physicians at the university’s academic medical center, also found that 96% of the physicians said they would work if they had symptoms of a cold and 77% said they would work if they had diarrhea.

The physicians surveyed said they were reluctant to call out sick because it would result in more work for colleagues. They would be more willing to call out if they saw sick colleagues being sent home or if they knew there were no negative repercussions to taking a day off.

Source: MD Magazine

 



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