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Fukuzaki, Toshiki Department of Clinical Psychology, Tottori University Graduate School of Medical Sciences Researchers DB KAKEN
Ooba, Sawako Work-Life Balance Support Center, Tottori University Hospital
Yamaguchi, Kenji Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yonago National College of Technology
Matsuda, Ryuko Nojima Hospital, Kurayoshi
Namba, Noriyuki Work-Life Balance Support Center, Tottori University Hospital / Division of Pediatrics and Perinatology, Department of Multidisciplinary Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University Researchers DB KAKEN
household chore support services
Background: Achieving an optimal work-life balance (WLB) is an important social issue not only for workers in general but also for doctors due to the shortage of women doctors. The present study aims to survey doctors’ WLB and their use of household chore support services (HCSS). Methods: A questionnaire survey was conducted with doctors working in Tottori Prefecture and a total of 289 responses (212 men, 77 women) were obtained and analyzed. To examine the relationship between gender and satisfaction with working patterns or with life for WLB, as well as the use of HCSS, a chi-squared test was conducted. Furthermore, a chi-squared test was conducted including age, marital status, whether or not they have preschool-aged children, and type of institution the participant worked. Results: A significant difference was found in type of institution the participant worked regarding satisfaction with work patterns and life. The proportion of those who have used HCSS was 12.5% of the total sample and was significantly higher for women than men (men: 8.5%; women: 23.4%). Regarding the reason to use HCSS, “to reduce the burden of household chores and childcare” and “to secure time for work” were most common with the same proportions, and amongst women, “to secure time for work” was the highest. Conclusion: Doctors working at a university hospital could have different work patterns and satisfaction with life compared to those working at other types of medical institutions. Additionally, the demand for HCSS was particularly high among women doctors, which suggests that HCSS may be used to reduce the burden of household chores and childcare, as well as to create time for work.
Tottori University Medical Press
Yonago Acta Medica
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Yonago Acta Medica
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Yonago Acta Medica. 2023, 66(1), 36-47. doi10.33160/yam.2023.02.005
Faculty of Medicine/Graduate School of Medical Sciences/University Hospital