Reader Poll: Do You Come to Work Sick?

July 23, 2015

Many physicians, nurses, midwives, and physician assistants go in to work while sick, according to a recent survey.

A total of 536 clinicians at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia revealed that, 83% showed up to work sick with diarrhea, fever, and respiratory complaints. Although 95% of respondents said they believe seeing patients while they are sick puts patients at risk, they still felt compelled to go to work.

Some of the reasons for working while sick were because of strong cultural pressure not to let the patient or colleagues down or because there was no one to cover for them. Physicians were more likely to show up sick than nurses or physician assistants.


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