Doctors still work while sick, says study
A new study by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has found that many doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other caregivers work while sick at least once a year, even though they know it puts their patients at risk.
Researchers at CHOP surveyed more than 900 health care workers at the hospital about how often and why they work while sick. Despite almost all of the respondents (95.3 percent) believe that working while sick puts patients at risk, 83.1 percent said they worked while sick at least once a year and 9.3 percent said they worked while sick at least 5 times.
Various reasons given when deciding to still work while sick included not wanting to let colleagues down (98.7 percent), problems with getting other staff to cover (94.9 percent), not wanting to let patients down (92.5 percent), fear of being judged by colleagues (64.0 percent), and concern about continued care (63.8 percent).