In Health Matters, sometimes when you visit a hospital or clinic, you come into contact with a resident physician practicing under supervision. Experts conducted a study to see how healthy residents are when they are on the clock.
Resident doctors tend to come to work even when they’re sick..
Researchers surveyed a 150 residents asking whether or not they worked while sick.
More than half said they worked at least once while sick with flu-like symps. And 16% admitted to working sick at least three times in the last year. The doctors said the main reason for coming to work when not feeling well was because they didn’t want to inconvenience colleagues. A strong allegiance to their patient’s well-being was another reason.
Study authors say doctors may need to look at their symps more carefully before coming to work, because they run the risk of passing flu or cold-like symps to patients who may already be frail or elderly.
Findings appear in the “Archives of Internal Medicine.” Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Jessica Solis.