- Did not want to force colleagues to cover
- Felt responsibility to care for patients
- Afraid colleagues would thing they were “weak”
The article’s authors say the practice of presenteeism requires resident physicians to decide among conflicting values. On the one hand, residents have an obligation to be there for patients. On the other, they have an ethical responsibility to not cause any harm to patients. Perhaps facilities should improve their systems of coverage so residents do not feel pressured to work when sick. Using locum tenens physicians to pick up shifts for sick residents will ensure that patients have access to quality care without the risk of contracting an illness from their provider.