Anesthesia: Essays and Researches

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 177--182

Survey of workplace perceptions of female anesthesiologists


Brigid Flynn1, Katherine Stiles1, Abbey Fritzel3, Paul Weyker2, Natalia Ivascu3, Niaman Nazir4, Jeanette Lozenski1 
1 Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA
2 Department of Anesthesiology, Kaiser South San Francisco, CA, USA
3 Department of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA
4 Department of Preventative Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Brigid Flynn
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160
USA

Background: Disparities encountered by men and women physicians are well documented. However, evidence is lacking concerning the effects of gender on daily practice in the specialty of anesthesiology. Aims: To evaluate gender disparities perceived by female anesthesiologists. Setting and Design: Anonymous, voluntary 30-question, electronic secure REDcap survey. Materials and Methods: Survey link was sent via email, Twitter and the Facebook page, Physician Mom's Group. Instructions dictated that only female attending anesthesiologists participate and to partake in the survey one time. Statistical Analysis: Categorical variables were summarized using frequencies and percentages. Associations between categorical variables were tested using Chi-square test. Likert scale items were treated as continuous variables. T-tests were utilized to examine differences between those who reported burnout and those who did not. Results: 502 survey responses were received and analyzed. Female leadership was valued by 78%, yet only 47% had leadership roles. Being female was identified by 51% as negatively affecting career advancement and 90% perceived that women in medicine need to work harder than men to achieve the same career goals. Sexual harassment was experienced by 55%. Nearly 35% of institutions did not offer paid maternity leave. Burnout was identified in 43% of respondents and was significantly associated with work-life balance not being ideal (P < 0.0001), gender negatively affecting career advancement (P < 0.0001), experiencing sexual harassment at work (P = 0.002), feeling the need to work harder than men (P = 0.0033), being responsible for majority of household duties (P = 0.0074), lack of weekly exercise (P = 0.0135) and lack of lactation needs at work (P = 0.0007). Conclusions: Understanding perceptions of female anesthesiologists may lead to actionable plans aimed at improving workplace equity or conditions.


How to cite this article:
Flynn B, Stiles K, Fritzel A, Weyker P, Ivascu N, Nazir N, Lozenski J. Survey of workplace perceptions of female anesthesiologists.Anesth Essays Res 2020;14:177-182


How to cite this URL:
Flynn B, Stiles K, Fritzel A, Weyker P, Ivascu N, Nazir N, Lozenski J. Survey of workplace perceptions of female anesthesiologists. Anesth Essays Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Nov 24 ];14:177-182
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