Table 1

Responses to the question ‘Has the fact of having children, or of wanting to have children, influenced your choice of career specialty?’ (numbers and percentages of doctors who replied ‘yes’)

GroupMenWomen
% agreementn/N% agreementn/N
All28.3195/69059.4609/1026
Has child(ren)
 Yes35.5162/45670.8472/667
 No14.133/23438.2137/359
Specialty
 Hospital medical specialties13.520/14838.565/169
 Surgery14.019/13628.817/59
 General practice65.3111/17083.1368/443
 Paediatrics8.02/2535.133/94
 Emergency medicine10.33/2926.16/23
 Obstetrics and gynaecology10.01/1011.53/26
 Anaesthesia11.19/8152.443/82
 Radiology50.012/2473.322/30
 Clinical oncology20.02/1050.09/18
 Pathology28.68/2862.922/35
 Psychiatry27.68/2944.721/47
Partner/spouse status
 Medical spouse27.789/32168.4273/399
 Non-medical spouse32.294/29259.7276/462
 No spouse15.612/7736.460/165
Working hours
 Full time26.5173/65247.9301/628
 Less than full time57.922/3877.4308/398
  • All p<0.001 except where indicated.

  • Statistical tests on % agreement: Children (χ2 1): men 34.0, women 101.5; Specialty group (χ2 10): men 173.6, women 223.9; Partner/spouse status (χ2 2): men 8.4 (p=0.015), women 49.8; Working hours (χ2 1): men 15.9, women 86.4.