Work or Stay Home While Sick?
The July 2015 edition of JAMA Pediatrics reports that “many physicians and advanced practice clinicians (APCs), including registered nurse practitioners, midwives, and physician assistants, reported to work while being sick despite recognizing this could put patients at risk….” Julia E. Szymczak, PhD, (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and colleagues surveyed more than 500 physicians, certified registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives. Ninety-five percent of those surveyed believed “working while sick put patients at risk…” and more than 83 percent reported working while sick at least once per year. Worth mentioning, respondents noted that their symptoms (while working sick) included diarrhea, fever, and respiratory symptoms.
For More Information, References, and Recommendations
EurekAlert.org. (2015) Survey Finds Many Physicians, Clinicians Work Sick Despite Risk to Patients. JAMA Pediatrics July 6.