WP 96-21.pmd 1 PAPER 96-21 THE EMPLOYED SPOUSE: IMPACT ON PHYSICIANS' CAREER AND FAMILY DECISIONS B. Ferrier, C. Woodward M. Cohen, P. Williams "NOT FOR CITATION WITHOUT PERMISSION" 2 NOT FOR CITATION WITHOUT PERMISSION The Employed Spouse: Impact on Physicians’ Career and Family Decisions Barbara Ferrier, Christel Woodward, May Cohen and Paul Williams Christel Woodward is in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and May Cohen is in the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University; Paul Williams is in the Department of Health Administration, University of Toronto. Address for Correspondence: Barbara Ferrier Room 4H45 Department of Biochemistry Faculty of Health Sciences McMaster University 1200 Main Street W Hamilton ON L8N 3Z5 Canada Cite as: Ferrier B, Woodward C, Cohen M, Williams P: "The Employed Spouse: Impact on Physicians' Career and Family Decisions", McMaster University Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Working Paper 96-21, September 1996. 3 McMaster University Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Working Paper/Policy Commentary Series POLICY PRECIS Many Working Papers and Policy Commentaries have both academic and policy relevance. Therefore. in addition to the author(s) abstract (typically intended for an academic audience). this paper has been summarized with input from a professional joumalist to enhance its accessibility and read-ability. This summary is referred to as a Policy Precis. The Employed Spouse: Impact on Physicians’ Career and Family Decisions Newly graduated Ontario family doctors with spouses who work have family lifestyles which often mirror that of the traditional family, with the woman continuing to do a dispro- portionate amount of housework regardless of her own work commitments. This finding comes from a study of 133 married male physicians and 140 married women physicians who became certified family physicians between 1989 and 1991 and agreed to participate in the survey.