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Increases in absenteeism among health care workers in Hong Kong during influenza epidemics, 2004–2009

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Infectious Diseases, December 2015
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Title
Increases in absenteeism among health care workers in Hong Kong during influenza epidemics, 2004–2009
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BMC Infectious Diseases, December 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12879-015-1316-y
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Dennis K. M. Ip, Eric H. Y. Lau, Yat Hung Tam, Hau Chi So, Benjamin J. Cowling, Henry K. H. Kwok

Abstract

Acute respiratory infections (ARI) are a major cause of sickness absenteeism among health care workers (HCWs) and contribute significantly to overall productivity loss particularly during influenza epidemics. The purpose of this study is to quantify the increases in absenteeism during epidemics including the 2009 influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 pandemic. We analysed administrative data to determine patterns of sickness absence among HCWs in Hong Kong from January 2004 through December 2009, and used multivariable linear regression model to estimate the excess all-cause and ARI-related sickness absenteeism rates during influenza epidemics. We found that influenza epidemics prior to the 2009 pandemic and during the 2009 pandemic were associated with 8.4 % (95 % CI: 5.6-11.2 %) and 57.7 % (95 % CI: 54.6-60.9 %) increases in overall sickness absence, and 26.5 % (95 % CI: 21.4-31.5 %) and 90.9 % (95 % CI: 85.2-96.6 %) increases in ARI-related sickness absence among HCWs in Hong Kong, respectively. Comparing different staff types, increases in overall absenteeism were highest among medical staff, during seasonal influenza epidemic periods (51.3 %, 95 % CI: 38.9-63.7 %) and the pandemic mitigation period (142.1 %, 95 % CI: 128.0-156.1 %). Influenza epidemics were associated with a substantial increase in sickness absence and productivity loss among HCWs in Hong Kong, and there was a much higher rate of absenteeism during the 2009 pandemic. These findings could inform better a more proactive workforce redistribution plans to allow for sufficient surge capacity in annual epidemics, and for pandemic preparedness.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Indonesia 1 2%
Unknown 62 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 14 22%
Student > Postgraduate 8 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 10%
Researcher 6 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 8%
Other 9 14%
Unknown 15 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 18 29%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 16%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 4 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 3%
Environmental Science 1 2%
Other 8 13%
Unknown 20 32%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 6. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 January 2019.
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#98
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