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Employment experiences of vocationally trained doctors.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1932939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the expectations and employment experiences of male and female doctors who completed vocational training in East Anglia during 1981-7 and to examine the factors which had influenced those who had changed direction early in their careers. DESIGN: Survey conducted by confidential postal questionnaire. SETTING: Britain. SUBJECTS: 281 doctors, 233 (83%) of whom responded. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Ideal choice of work on completion of vocational training; present employment; factors which had restricted present choice of work; factors associated with reported satisfaction with job. RESULTS: 77/83 (93%) men and 130/150 (87%) women had hoped to work in general practice (p = 0.75). A smaller proportion of women (71%; 106) than men (89%; 74) were in general practice posts (p less than 0.01); only 6% (nine) of women were on maternity leave or caring for children without paid employment. More women than men were working in medical jobs other than general practice (18% (27) women v 4% (three) men; p less than 0.01). 44/91 (49%) women with children had achieved their employment goals compared with 47/59 (80%) women without children and 55/71 (78%) men with children. 87% (72/83) of men and 65% (98/150) of women had achieved the status of principal (p less than 0.01). 162/193 (84%) doctors who had worked in general practice reported satisfaction with their jobs. Dissatisfaction was linked with doing a job different from that hoped for and with perceiving that the share of practice income did not accurately reflect their share of the practice workload. CONCLUSIONS: Steps need to be taken to retain women in general practice, including a statutory part time pay allowance and incentives for practices to allow flexible working hours for doctors with young children.
K Osler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ (Clinical research ed.)     Volume:  303     ISSN:  0959-8138     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ     Publication Date:  1991 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-12-17     Completed Date:  1991-12-17     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8900488     Medline TA:  BMJ     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  762-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Career Choice*
Career Mobility
Education, Medical, Continuing
Family Practice / education,  statistics & numerical data*
Job Satisfaction*
Physicians, Women / statistics & numerical data*
Single Person

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