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  1. Constraints facing the female medical practitioner in private family practice in the Western Cape.

    Article - En anglais


    To assess the existence and extent of employment-related problems facing female family practitioners in the context of a rapidly growign number of female doctors in South Africa.

    Subjects and Methods

    A descriptive survey was conducted using bilingual questionnaires.

    These were posted to all 280 female family practitioners in private practice in the Western Cape.


    Of the 280 questionnaires posted 169 were returned, but 45 of these were missampled.

    A response rate of 53% was obtained.

    The largest age category was 30-39 years.

    Of those not in solo practice, 68 (75%) were able to negotiate the terms of their working hours, 13 (19%) negotiated sick leave on commencing work, and only half had paid leave.

    Vacation leave was negotiated by 34 (50%), while only 6 (9%) discussed maternity leave with employers or colleagues.

    Of the 124 practices included in the survey, 6 (5%) had formal arrangements to cope with maternity leave.

    One hundred and seven respondents (86%) felt there was a need for maternity leave guidelines in the private sector in South Africa.

    Regarding practice-related problems, 33 female family practiioners (27%) reported some incidents of sexual harassment by patients.

    Despite these constraints, 88 respondents (71%) planned to continue working in this field. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin généraliste, Secteur privé, Femelle, Homme, Questionnaire, Distribution, Temps, Contrainte, Milieu familial, République Sud Africaine, Afrique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : General practitioner, Private sector, Female, Human, Questionnaire, Distribution, Time, Constraint, Family environment, South Africa(Republic), Africa

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0204984

    Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 16/11/1999.