Divorce among physicians and other healthcare professionals in the United States: analysis of census survey data

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Title: Divorce among physicians and other healthcare professionals in the United States: analysis of census survey data
Author: Ly, Dan P; Seabury, Seth A; Jena, Anupam B

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Citation: Ly, Dan P, Seth A Seabury, and Anupam B Jena. 2015. “Divorce among physicians and other healthcare professionals in the United States: analysis of census survey data.” BMJ : British Medical Journal 350 (1): h706. doi:10.1136/bmj.h706. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h706.
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Abstract: Objectives: To estimate the prevalence and incidence of divorce among US physicians compared with other healthcare professionals, lawyers, and non-healthcare professionals, and to analyze factors associated with divorce among physicians. Design: Retrospective analysis of nationally representative surveys conducted by the US census, 2008-13. Setting: United States. Participants: 48 881 physicians, 10 086 dentists, 13 883 pharmacists, 159 044 nurses, 18 920 healthcare executives, 59 284 lawyers, and 6 339 310 other non-healthcare professionals. Main outcome measures Logistic models of divorce adjusted for age, sex, race, annual income, weekly hours worked, number of years since marriage, calendar year, and state of residence. Divorce outcomes included whether an individual had ever been divorced (divorce prevalence) or became divorced in the past year (divorce incidence). Results: After adjustment for covariates, the probability of being ever divorced (or divorce prevalence) among physicians evaluated at the mean value of other covariates was 24.3% (95% confidence interval 23.8% to 24.8%); dentists, 25.2% (24.1% to 26.3%); pharmacists, 22.9% (22.0% to 23.8%); nurses, 33.0% (32.6% to 33.3%); healthcare executives, 30.9% (30.1% to 31.8%); lawyers, 26.9% (26.4% to 27.4%); and other non-healthcare professionals, 35.0% (34.9% to 35.1%). Similarly, physicians were less likely than those in most other occupations to divorce in the past year. In multivariable analysis among physicians, divorce prevalence was greater among women (odds ratio 1.51, 95% confidence interval 1.40 to 1.63). In analyses stratified by physician sex, greater weekly work hours were associated with increased divorce prevalence only for female physicians. Conclusions: Divorce among physicians is less common than among non-healthcare workers and several health professions. Female physicians have a substantially higher prevalence of divorce than male physicians, which may be partly attributable to a differential effect of hours worked on divorce.
Published Version: doi:10.1136/bmj.h706
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