A study found that 58% of medical residents practiced presenteeism -- the act of coming to work despite sickness -- at least once during the academic year of 2008 and 2009, with one hospital reporting that 100% of its residents had worked while sick at one point or another. "Residents may work when sick for several reasons, including misplaced dedication, lack of an adequate coverage system, or fear of letting down teammates. ... Given the potential risks to patients related to illness and errors, resident presenteeism should be discouraged by program directors," the researchers said.

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