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In This Issue of JAMA Pediatrics
September 2015


JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(9):799. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.2290

When health care workers provide patient care while sick with an infection, they can put their patients and colleagues at risk. In this survey of 536 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, Szymczak and colleagues find that 83% of respondents reported working sick at least once in the last year, and more physicians worked while sick with various symptoms than did other health care workers. Staffing concerns, difficulty finding coverage, and not wanting to let colleagues or patients down were the most important reported reasons for working while sick. The need for a culture change to decrease the stigma associated with health care worker illness is discussed in the editorial by Starke and Jackson.