Objective: The study was conducted to highlight the sickness absenteeism pattern among the doctors and nurses of Combined Military Hospital, Lahore in the year 2014.
Study Design: Cross sectional descriptive study.
Place and Duration of Study: Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Lahore, 1 year from Jan 2014 to Dec 2014.
Patients and Methods: Sick-in-Quarter (SIQ) reports of doctors and nurses were collected from the SIQ register of Combined Military Hospital, Lahore for the duration of 1 year. This data was categorized based on gender, rank, causes and duration of illness. Frequencies of Sickness absenteeism of the health care providers based on these categories were noted and analyzed through SPSS 20.
Results: A total of 670 SIQ’s were issued to health care professionals at CMH Lahore in 2014. Of these, 164 (24.5%) were issued to males and 506 (75.5%) were issued to females. Out of these 316 (47.2%) were doctors and 354 (52.8%) were nurses (p<0.001). Maximum absenteeism was caused by respiratory diseases 176 (26.28%). Monday showed the highest predominance of sick reports with 166 (24.8%). Most SIQ’s were issued in April 90 (13.4%) while a low number of SIQs were issued in February 20 (3%).
Conclusion: Sickness absenteeism was highly prevalent, and was higher among nurses than doctors. Respiratory diseases were the leading cause of sickness absenteeism among the doctors and nurses. Measures are needed to sustain the health of doctors and nurses to improve the overall patient care.
Keywords : Disease, Health personnel, Sick leave.