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Article: Work-life balance of female versus male surgeons in Hong Kong based on findings of a questionnaire designed by a Japanese surgeon

TitleWork-life balance of female versus male surgeons in Hong Kong based on findings of a questionnaire designed by a Japanese surgeon
Authors
KeywordsFemale Surgeons
Hong Kong
Japan
Male Surgeons
Work-Life Balance
Issue Date2014
PublisherSpringer Japan. The Journal's web site is located at http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00595/index.htm
Citation
Surgery Today, 2014, v. 44 n. 1, p. 62-72 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose: We evaluated the attitudes of female and male surgeons in Hong Kong to work, personal life, and work-life balance, through a questionnaire survey. Methods: We sent an online questionnaire survey designed by a female Japanese surgeon to 142 female surgeons practicing in Hong Kong, while its customized version was sent to 953 of their male counterparts. Results: "Home life" and "Work" were the first and second priorities for both the women and the men. More of the female surgeons reported that they could not find enough time to participate in community activities (p = 0.038) or rest (p = 0.024). Both reported moderate satisfaction at work (p = 0.114) and in their life outside work (p = 0.346), as well as equality at home (p = 0.548) and at work (p = 0.177). Of the men, 89 % agreed with the necessity for granting paternity leave and reported that they would like to work part-time during the child-rearing years (p = 0.013). Conclusions: The number of female surgeons involved in key roles is increasing in parallel with the increasing number of female medical students. The introduction of paternity leave for male surgeons is an important concern. The issues of work-life balance may need to be addressed to attract more talent into an important specialty in Hong Kong and this is likely to apply to other parts of Asia as well. © 2013 Springer Japan.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/182369
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.329
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.615
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dc.contributor.authorKwong, Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorChau, WWen_US
dc.contributor.authorKawase, Ken_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-23T08:20:24Z-
dc.date.available2013-04-23T08:20:24Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationSurgery Today, 2014, v. 44 n. 1, p. 62-72en_US
dc.identifier.issn0941-1291en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/182369-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: We evaluated the attitudes of female and male surgeons in Hong Kong to work, personal life, and work-life balance, through a questionnaire survey. Methods: We sent an online questionnaire survey designed by a female Japanese surgeon to 142 female surgeons practicing in Hong Kong, while its customized version was sent to 953 of their male counterparts. Results: "Home life" and "Work" were the first and second priorities for both the women and the men. More of the female surgeons reported that they could not find enough time to participate in community activities (p = 0.038) or rest (p = 0.024). Both reported moderate satisfaction at work (p = 0.114) and in their life outside work (p = 0.346), as well as equality at home (p = 0.548) and at work (p = 0.177). Of the men, 89 % agreed with the necessity for granting paternity leave and reported that they would like to work part-time during the child-rearing years (p = 0.013). Conclusions: The number of female surgeons involved in key roles is increasing in parallel with the increasing number of female medical students. The introduction of paternity leave for male surgeons is an important concern. The issues of work-life balance may need to be addressed to attract more talent into an important specialty in Hong Kong and this is likely to apply to other parts of Asia as well. © 2013 Springer Japan.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Japan. The Journal's web site is located at http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00595/index.htmen_US
dc.relation.ispartofSurgery Todayen_US
dc.subjectFemale Surgeonsen_US
dc.subjectHong Kongen_US
dc.subjectJapanen_US
dc.subjectMale Surgeonsen_US
dc.subjectWork-Life Balanceen_US
dc.titleWork-life balance of female versus male surgeons in Hong Kong based on findings of a questionnaire designed by a Japanese surgeonen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailKwong, A: avakwong@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00595-013-0583-8en_US
dc.identifier.pmid23595786-
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dc.publisher.placeJapanen_US
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridChau, WW=54793992500en_US
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridKawase, K=55649075000en_US

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