HEALTH CARE WORKERS CAN BE SLACKERS TOO

Dec 18, 2012

By Michael Kramer

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Who knew ? `

A survey conducted in the U.S. finds that medical professionals  have just as much trouble as the rest of us taking care of their health and getting regular checkups.

The findings come from an annual survey called the Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System  conducted for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Researchers at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  looked at six preventative health care behaviours  such as going to see a doctor regularly, as well as 14 lifestyle factors.

They then compared the answers given by health workers to respondents from the general population.

While health care workers were more likely than others to have had a check-up in the past two years, and to have exercised in the past 30 days they were no more or less likely   to have had a Pap test in the past three years or a dental visit in the past year among other procedures –  all moves that have been shown to help spot or prevent health care problems.

As well, female healthcare workers 50 and older  were significantly more likely than other women in that age group to report not having had a mammogram in the previous two years.

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