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Can Fam Physician. 1996 Jul;42:1319-26.

How family influences practice of obstetrics. Do married women family physicians make different choices?

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  • 1Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Thames Valley Family Practice Research Unit, University of Western Ontario, London.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To examine the influence of family, past and current, on married women family physicians' and to understand why and how some women continue to practise obstetrics.

PARTICIPANTS:

Purposive sample of nine married women family physicians who currently practise obstetrics.

METHOD:

Qualitative in-depth interviews.

FINDINGS:

Analysis identified four main influences of family on participants' practice of obstetrics: family of origin, transitions in the life cycle, children, and the marital relationship.

CONCLUSIONS:

These women described how they combined the roles of wife, mother, daughter, sister, and doctor. Family was a powerful influence throughout their practice lives. Finding a balance between the demands of practice, particularly obstetrics, and family relationships was an ongoing process. The process was also influenced by transitions in the life cycle.

PMID:
8754701
PMCID:
PMC2146773
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