Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

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

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


Meshari Nawar Alotaibi1, Osama Abdelhay2 
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

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.


How to cite this article:
Alotaibi MN, Abdelhay O. Family physicians health-related absenteeism at the Al-Wazarat Healthcare Center.J Family Med Prim Care 2018;7:823-827


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Alotaibi MN, Abdelhay O. Family physicians health-related absenteeism at the Al-Wazarat Healthcare Center. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Jun 16 ];7:823-827
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