Considerably higher absenteeism for health-care workers

Study finds typical worker missed 12 days in 2006
By Sarah Dobson
||Last Updated: 02/15/2008

An extensive study of human resources for Canada's health-care providers shows absenteeism rates are considerably higher than the general population.

Canada’s Health Care Providers, 2007 from the Canadian Institute for Health Information finds, over the last 20 years, health-care workers have had a higher average number of lost work days compared to the rest of the working population.

In 2006, the typical health-care worker aged 25 to 54 missed almost 12 days of work due to illness or disability, compared to an average of seven days for all employed Canadians.