Parents of ill children have tough choices

Parents who don't have access to family leave are often forced to choose between taking care of their child and keeping their job, says a U.S. study.

 Parents of ill children have tough choices
Parents who don't have access to family leave are often forced to choose between taking care of their child and keeping their job, says a U.S. study.

Having the time and financial flexibility to miss work is clearly important for parents who have children with serious chronic illnesses, according to lead author Dr. Paul Chung, of the Rand Corp. and the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California at Los Angeles.

"Children in our study missed an average of four weeks of school or daycare a year," senior author Dr. Mark Schuster, of the Rand Corp., said in a statement. "They also had 12 doctor or emergency department visits and one hospitalization."

The researchers surveyed 574 full-time employed parents of chronically ill children between November 2003 and January 2004.

Forty percent of the parents admitted returning to work before their child's health improved, and of those who went back to work before their child was better more than 60 percent said they went back because they needed the pay, according to the study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Last Mod: 24 Haziran 2007, 14:47
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