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Association between COVID-19 and Sick Leave for Healthcare Workers in a Large Academic Hospital in Southern Italy: An Observational Study

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Department of Public Health, University of Naples “Federico II”, 80125 Naples, Italy
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Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London W6 8RP, UK
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Interdepartmental Center for Research in Healthcare Management and Innovation in Healthcare (CIRMIS), University of Naples “Federico II”, 80131 Naples, Italy
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Division of pneumology, A. Cardarelli Hospital, 80131 Naples, Italy
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Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Section of Respiratory Diseases, University “Federico II”, Azienda Ospedaliera dei Colli-Monaldi Hospital, 80131 Naples, Italy
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Academic Editor: Jimmy T. Efird
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(15), 9670; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159670
Received: 26 June 2022 / Revised: 26 July 2022 / Accepted: 2 August 2022 / Published: 5 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Public Health Statistics and Risk Assessment)
Studies have shown that the pandemic has led to an increase in sick leave periods among healthcare workers (HCWs); however, this might have changed over time considering increase in vaccination coverage and change in COVID-19 variant predominance. Therefore, we conducted an observational study to evaluate whether the type of symptoms and the duration of sick leave period for healthcare workers working in a large university hospital in the South of Italy changed between January 2021 and January 2022; 398 cases of COVID-19 were identified for a total of 382 subjects involved. A total of 191 subjects answered the questionnaire about symptoms; of these, 79 had COVID-19 during the period from March 2020 until February 2022. The results showed a decrease of about 1.2 days in sick leave period for each quarter without finding significant differences in the perception of symptoms. It is possible to hypothesize a contribution from the Omicron variant to the decrease in sick leave period in the last quarter, from vaccination coverage, from optimization of COVID-19 management, and from change in the regulations for the assessment of positivity. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; sick leave; symptoms; public health; healthcare workers; CAT score COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; sick leave; symptoms; public health; healthcare workers; CAT score
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Palladino, R.; Mercogliano, M.; Fiorilla, C.; Frangiosa, A.; Iodice, S.; Sanduzzi Zamparelli, S.; Montella, E.; Triassi, M.; Sanduzzi Zamparelli, A. Association between COVID-19 and Sick Leave for Healthcare Workers in a Large Academic Hospital in Southern Italy: An Observational Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 9670. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159670

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Palladino R, Mercogliano M, Fiorilla C, Frangiosa A, Iodice S, Sanduzzi Zamparelli S, Montella E, Triassi M, Sanduzzi Zamparelli A. Association between COVID-19 and Sick Leave for Healthcare Workers in a Large Academic Hospital in Southern Italy: An Observational Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(15):9670. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159670

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Palladino, Raffaele, Michelangelo Mercogliano, Claudio Fiorilla, Alessandro Frangiosa, Sabrina Iodice, Stefano Sanduzzi Zamparelli, Emma Montella, Maria Triassi, and Alessandro Sanduzzi Zamparelli. 2022. "Association between COVID-19 and Sick Leave for Healthcare Workers in a Large Academic Hospital in Southern Italy: An Observational Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 15: 9670. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159670

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