Doctors Too Work While Sick, Studies Find

September 17th, 2010 - 12:38 am ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
docChicago, Sep 16, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A recent survey has found that more than fifty percent junior doctors had turned up at their work place while sick at least once. Increasing the risks of infection among the patients around one-third have confessed that they have done it more than once. The result that was published in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association, was conducted by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The researchers studied an anonymous survey of around 537 medical residents at 12 hospitals around United States last year. However, the researchers did not identify the hospitals which were surveyed.

The finding has already started creating waves among general public who visit to clinics with an aim to get cured. While there is no denying the fact that the doctors continuously get exposed to germs themselves due to the patients, the study reveals that patients are also vulnerable enough to get contaminated with germs due to the Doctors. The study has found that most of the junior doctors who turned up to their workplace while sick were governed by their sense of duty. The study mentions that it the misplaced dedication along with the fear of letting other doctors down that worked behind their sick attendance.

The eye-opener study conducted last year marked that nearly 58 percent of the respondents held that they had worked at least once while sick. 31 percent out of the surveyed 537 medical residents said that they had worked more than once while down with illness. About fifty person doctors said that they did not get time to attend to their personal illnesses. However, Dr. Thomas Nasca, the accreditation council’s CEO held that while undoubtedly the resident doctors are instructed to prioritize the patients over their personal need, they should recognize their sickness as well.

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