Navigation Links
More Than Half of Resident Docs Have Worked While Sick: Study
Date:6/19/2012

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- More than 50 percent of resident doctors report that they have worked at least once when they were sick with flu-like symptoms.

And 16 percent said they worked sick at least three times in the past year, a new survey finds.

"Earlier studies showed that residents come to work when they are sick, and we wanted to find out why do they work when they're sick," said survey co-author Dr. Valerie Press, a pediatrician at the University of Chicago.

One possibility was they are forced to work when they're sick and another is that it might be part of their professional work ethic, she said.

"We are taught to put the patients' needs before our own, but that sometimes can be detrimental to both the patient and the doctor," Press added.

The reason that most residents said they worked when they were sick was because they didn't want to inconvenience their colleagues, but also they felt a strong allegiance to the patient, she said. And that feeling was strongest among those who had been residents longer.

"A lot of people accuse this generation of not being professional and putting their needs above the patient's needs," Press said. "But here's an example of the old-school work ethic at play."

The downside to working while sick is that one can make others, patients included, sick and oneself sicker, Press said. "In addition, your judgment may be clouded and you may not make the best decisions," she said.

Press said there needs to be an environment that allows residents to stay out when they're sick and assess their ability to work. "In addition, residents should feel they can take the day off when they are sick," she said.

The report was published in the June 18 online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

For the study, Press and colleagues surveyed 150 residents, asking whether or not they worked when they were sick.

Seventy-seven said they had worked at least once when they had flu-like symptoms and 24 said they worked while sick at least three times.

Dr. Deborah Grady, who wrote an accompanying editor's note in the journal, said that "it's likely that doctors tend to work while they're sick more than they probably should."

"At the same time, it's more dangerous for doctors to work when they're sick," said Grady, associate dean for clinical and translational research and director of the Women's Health Clinical Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

Doctors who do this run the risk of passing their flu or cold on to patients, some of whom are frail and elderly, Grady said. Since the cause of the illness usually isn't known, the consequences could be more serious if it's not just a cold. "Most doctors would stay home if they have a fever, but that's not really a great way to tell how sick you are," she added.

"Doctors feel compelled to work if they don't feel well," Grady said. "If they don't, then they have to cancel appointments and somebody has to cover for [them]. So, we feel a responsibility to work even if we don't feel very well."

More information

For more information on caring for yourself when sick with the flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Valerie G. Press, M.D., M.P.H., pediatrician, University of Chicago; Deborah Gordon, M.D., M.P.H., professor, medicine, associate dean, clinical and translational research, and director, Women's Health Clinical Research Center, University of California, San Francisco; June 18, 2012, Archives of Internal Medicine, online


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Presidential candidates should address childhood obesity and bullying, poll says
2. US Army internal medicine residents receive awards from American College of Physicians
3. Surgical Residents Often Fatigued, Study Confirms
4. Dr. Arthur Slutsky, vice-president of research at St. Michaels, receives lifetime award
5. Brief training program improves resident physicians empathy with patients
6. UT MD Anderson President Ronald DePinho elected to National Academy of Sciences
7. First recipients of AcademyHealths Presidential Scholarship announced
8. Physicians call for improvements to countrys public health system to protect US residents
9. Presidential Recognition Awards presented during the 2012 AIUM Annual Convention
10. Hutchinson Center president elected to American Academy of Art and Sciences
11. White Women Make Up Bulk of Assisted-Living Residents
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
More Than Half of Resident Docs Have Worked While Sick: Study
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... A revolution is underway. ... ambulance transport experience for the millions of people who require these medical transport ... taxi industry through the use of technology. Now, SmartEMS has put forth an ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer care, ... remain in the eye of the beholder, according to experts who offered insights and ... Journal of Managed Care. For the full issue, click here . , For ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media Slicing ... their videos a whole new perspective by using the title layers in ProSlice ... , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. FCPX ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer ... through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two major problems leading ... a one size fits all type program , They don’t eliminate all the ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts ... applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention ... health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Any dentist who has made ... the current process. Many of them do not even offer ... difficulties and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ARE ... at such a high cost that the majority of today,s ... Dr. Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to 2022" report to their offering. ... financial data derived from varied research sources to present unique ... on the market during the next five years, including a ... markets, regional and country level analysis. The report provides a ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. , June 23, 2016 ... 9:00 a.m. CST on Thursday, July 7, 2016 , , ... kayla.belcher@frost.com ) , , , , EXPERT PANELISTS:  ... Sciences, Nitin Naik; Senior Industry Analyst, Christi Bird; Senior Industry Analyst, ... The global pharmaceutical industry is witnessing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: