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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 823-827

Family physicians health-related absenteeism at the Al-Wazarat Healthcare Center

1 Department of Family and Community Medicine, Family Physicians Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Meshari Nawar Alotaibi
Prince Sultan Military Medical City, 7246 King Abdul Aziz Rd, Al Wazarat, Riyadh 12624
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_42_18

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Background: In general, physicians and family physicians more specifically tend to treat themselves in an informal matter. The evidence suggests that family physicians have a tendency not to consult other physicians while they are sick and tend to self-treat. Health-related absenteeism among family physicians in primary care settings is an issue that needs to be addressed. Aim: The aim of this study is to identify the prevalence of health-related absenteeism among family physicians in Al-Wazarat Health Center and to investigate the medical causes associated with sickness absence. Methods: The study used cross-sectional design to investigate the prevalence of health-related absenteeism among family physicians in a primary care setting. Results: The study included 108 physicians from the Al-Wazarat Healthcare Center in Riyadh, KSA. On average, the physicians were absent for 2 days over the last year with 53.3% (64/108) have no health-related absence days. The most common recorded reasons for work absence are the severity of illness 75.0% (81/108) and workload 63.0% (68/108). Influenza was the most common health condition that causes absenteeism 60.2% (65/108). The attitude toward working while ill scored 2.3 ± 2.5, being responsible for affecting the patients if working while ill 8.0 ± 2.8, physicians with chronic diseases should stay away from work 3.7 ± 3.7, and the quality of healthcare service could be affected by the physician's illness 7.5 ± 2.5. Conclusions: Further investigations are needed for more understanding of the physicians' tendencies and casual approach toward working with illness. Such understanding will help to formulate better guidelines for medical practices.

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