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Doctors should prescribe vacation time: poll

It’s a study commissioned by a group with a vested interest in the results but most people on the nine-to-five grind would probably like to see the findings put into practice.

A telephone survey of 1,000 people conducted for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority last month shows more than half (56 per cent) of respondents think doctors should be able to prescribe vacation time to promote health, well-being and creativity through spending time with family and reducing stress.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The study, called The Takeaways from Getaways, also shows 82 per cent of respondents had some of their happiest times while on vacation and not after material purchases. Fifty-nine per cent of those questioned said they believe time away from work improves health.

Despite the pro-vacation findings, the poll results also shows 52 per cent of respondents have either lost paid vacation time, or know someone who has.

Read the full report here. (.pdf)