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Revista Española de Salud Pública

On-line version ISSN 2173-9110Print version ISSN 1135-5727


DELGADO, Ana et al. Characteristics of the Family of Origin and Family Formed by Women and Men Primary Care Physicians of Andalusia, Spain. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2009, vol.83, n.6, pp.891-897. ISSN 2173-9110.

Background: The origin and formed family characteristics are related to physician's professional career. The purpose of this study was to know and compare by sex the characteristics of the origin family and formed family of women and men family physician in Andalusia. Methods: Cross sectional and multicenter study. Setting: Urban primary health care centres from Andalusian province capitals. Participants: Physician of primary health care centres. Inclusion criteria: at least one year using computerized medical history with the same quota patients. Multistage random sample, 88 primary health care centres and 500 physicians, 50% of both sexes (alpha=5%, power=90%, precision=15%). Postal auto administrated questionnaire. Variables: sex, age, tutor of resident in family medicine, last father's activity, last mother's activity, number of brothers or sisters, family situation, last couple's activity (if any), to have or not children. Results: 73, 6 % responses. In no responses there weren´t differences of sex neither tutor of resident in family medicine. Mean age: women physicians 49, 5 ±4, 3 and men physician 51, 3 ± 4, 9 (p=<0,005). Postgraduate formation in family medicine: 42, 2% of women and 33, 3% of men (p=0,016). Live alone: 6, 1% of women physician and 2, 7% men physician (p=0,005). Live alone with children 9, 9% of women and 2, 2% of men (p=0,005). 16, 5% of women and 10, 2% of men don´t have children (p=0,077). 21, 1% of men physician´s couples work only at home vs. 0, 1% of women physician´s couples (p=<0,005). 46% of women physician´s couples is also physician vs. 22% of men physician´s couples (p=<0,005). No significant differences registered in parent´s activities neither in the number of brother or sisters. Conclusion: There are no significant differences in physician´s origin family. However important differences in the characteristics of formed family are observed in both sexes.

Keywords : Family physician; Family Characteristics; Physicians; Women; Gender.

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