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95% of doctors say they believe working while sick could cause harm, but 83% say they do it anyway.

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Doctors refuse to take sick days, even when they know it puts their patients at risk.

In a recent survey, 95% said they believed working while sick could cause harm. But 83% said they do it anyway.

Doctors and nurses refuse to take sick days even when they believe that their illness will put patients at risk, according to a new paper published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Why doctors go to work sick

The study found that peer pressure was often to blame -- many clinicians show up to work sick out of fear of letting down their patients, and being ostracized by their colleagues.

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