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The unhealthy physician
  1. Nicola Magnavita
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor N Magnavita
 Institute of Occupational Medicine, Catholic University School of Medicine, Largo Gemelli 8, 00168 Rome, Italy; nicolamagnavita{at}


Background: Physicians, if affected by transmissible or impairing diseases, could be hazardous for third persons.

Aim: To solve the apparent chasm between patient’s and sick worker’s rights, a consensus-building process leading to hospital-wide policies is the better alternative to individual decision making.

Conclusions: Policies have to balance the rights of the sick worker, the right of the other workers, patients and customers, and society’s expectations.

  • BB, bloodborne
  • CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • EPP, exposure-prone procedures
  • HBV, hepatitis B virus
  • HCO, healthcare organisation
  • HCV, hepatitis C virus
  • HCW, healthcare worker

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  • Competing interests: None.

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