45.7% of ambulatory care employees work when sick: 4 notes

A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report found a good number of healthcare employees treat patients when they are ill, according to American Council on Science and Health.

Here are four notes:

1. Among all healthcare occupations, 41.4 percent of healthcare workers reported treating patients when sick.

2. Nearly 45.7 percent of employees working in ambulatory care or physician offices reported working when ill.

3. The study authors found pharmacists were most likely to work when sick at 67.2 percent, followed by physicians at 63.2 percent.

4. Professionals at long-term care facilities were the least likely to work when ill at 28.5 percent.

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