Of course, this is a survey of a subset of the Physician Masterfile that even provided an e-mail address for their spouse – so it has all sort of potential for response biases. Regardless, it's an interesting glimpse into a few elements that seem to make for healthy relationships:
- The spouses that saw their partner less than 20 minutes a day were far less likely to be satisfied.
- Increasing hourly workweeks and nights on-call were negative influences.
- Spouses employed less than full-time seemed to be less satisfied than unemployed or full-time employed.
- Fatigue and time commitment were the greatest reported family stressors.
"The Medical Marriage: A National Survey of the Spouses/Partners of US Physicians"