Background. The number of females entering and graduating from medical school is currently increasing and, as a result, the problems they face if they wish to work as doctors and have a family are becoming more apparent. Methods. A questionnaire study of 105 female GPs and 98 female hospital doctors was carried out in Birmingham, UK, to determine doctors' experiences and views of child-bearing whilst working as a doctor. Results. Of the GP responders, 81% had children compared with 49% of hospital doctors. GPs were shown to work fewer hours than hospital doctors. Problems were identified relating to the everyday difficulties faced whilst working and raising a family. Conclusions. The results highlight the need to address the difficulties faced by females pursuing this demanding career.
- female hospital doctors
- childbearing behaviour patterns
- female GPs