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Family physiciansʼ sick-listing practices in relation to mental disorders: A descriptive study [r-libre/2927]

Drolet, Lauriane; Caron, Pier-Olivier; Forget, Jacques; Turcotte, Jean-Robert, & Guimond, Claude (2023). Family physiciansʼ sick-listing practices in relation to mental disorders: A descriptive study. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 75 (1), 211-221. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-211301

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Abstract: BACKGROUND Mental disorders are among the leading causes of disability for which family physicians are often required to complete sickness certificates. Yet, little is known about family physicians’ sick-listing practices in Quebec. OBJECTIVE This study aims to describe their practices, difficulties and needs. METHODS Twenty-three family physicians completed a comprehensive questionnaire on sickness certification practices. Descriptive statistics were used. RESULTS Despite being carried on a weekly basis, sickness certifications were deemed problematic by all participants. While they rarely refused to sick-list a patient, 43.5 % reported suggesting accommodations as an alternative to sick leave. Waiting-time to access psychotherapy and delays to set-up workplace accommodations are responsible for many unnecessary sick-leave prolongations. Lack of time, long duration absences, situations where the physician held a different opinion than the patient/healthcare provider and assessing an individual’s capacity to work are the most common reported problems. More than half of participants indicated medical schools do not prepare them greatly to carry out these tasks. CONCLUSIONS Sickness certifications are deemed problematic, and more training might be key. Our results can be used by medical schools or bodies responsible for continuous education to improve training.
Official URL: https://content.iospress.com/articles/work/wor2113...
Depositor: Caron, Pier-Olivier
Owner / Manager: Pier-Olivier Caron
Deposited: 15 Mar 2023 12:58
Last Modified: 24 May 2023 13:40

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