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YoungFaithful

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Does anyone have any information on physician lifestyles? I have done a little research but was unsuccessful. Is there a physician's almanac?

Anyone come across info by specialty? It would be interesting.

Suicide rates?
Lifespan?
Divorce rate?
etc...


Thanks!
YF
 

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Originally posted by YoungFaithful

Suicide rates?

Increased over the general public.

Lifespan?

Unsure -- I know some OLD docs.

Divorce rate?

Way high.

Don't forget substance abuse. I think it's been reported that something like one out of 7 docs will have trouble at some time?

I don't have numbers for any of these, but I remember the lecture from our 1st year "how to be a doctor" class.

The research has been done and is out there.
 

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Way high.

Actually this is a myth. I can't give you my source right now because I don't remember it exactly, but overall divorce rates are similar to the general population, and lowest among physician-physician couples.

Casey
 

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Originally posted by cg1155
Actually this is a myth. I can't give you my source right now because I don't remember it exactly, but overall divorce rates are similar to the general population, and lowest among physician-physician couples.

Casey

Wow, I did not know this. It would seem this would be the worst combo. BUT, now that I think about it, the most happily married docs I know are married to other docs. Maybe that's the only person who can truly understand the stresses of medicine?

I would love to see that data if you can dig it up.

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Originally posted by avendesora
Wow, I did not know this. It would seem this would be the worst combo. BUT, now that I think about it, the most happily married docs I know are married to other docs. Maybe that's the only person who can truly understand the stresses of medicine?

I would love to see that data if you can dig it up.

Thanks!

Doc-Doc marriages are probably happy b/c b/w the two doctor incomes they're so frickin loaded.
 

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Originally posted by Sledge2005
Doc-Doc marriages are probably happy b/c b/w the two doctor incomes they're so frickin loaded.

That MUST be it...
 

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While I was in medical school, some professor (pysch?) lectured to our class that the substance abuse rate among physicans (all comers not a specific specialty like anesthesia) is about the same as the general population.
 

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Originally posted by avendesora
That MUST be it...

it's annoying when people can't figure out that you're joking and take you seriously
 

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Actually, that's not true. Divorce rates for docs are 114%

Umm, I don't remember failing statistics so please explain how you could have a greater than 100% divorce rate? At 100% everyone is divorced!

If you mean 114% of the non-doctor population rate then that is really not significantly different (14% more).

The rationale I heard for the stability of doctor-doctor couplings was that they're both too tired to get out of it!

Casey
 

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Originally posted by cg1155
Umm, I don't remember failing statistics so please explain how you could have a greater than 100% divorce rate? At 100% everyone is divorced!

If you mean 114% of the non-doctor population rate then that is really not significantly different (14% more).

The rationale I heard for the stability of doctor-doctor couplings was that they're both too tired to get out of it!

Casey

>100% is "two-time losers" (or more).
 

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>100% is "two-time losers" (or more).

You know I respect you Apollyon, being an EM brother and all, but that is just ridiculous. The divorce rate is either 100% or less than 100%. If you marry again that marriage should be another "event" and factor into the calculation as if you had not been married.

At any rate the argument is moot, I Pubmed-ed you all into submission.

the "C"

PS, I have been drinking.
 

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APHA printed last year that lifespan is slightly longer for physicians, because so many have quit smoking.
 

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Should this thread be moved to the statistics or epidemiology forum?

I like to give 114% effort instead of 100% everyday at work!:D
 

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We had a lecture on physician health during second-year epidemiology. One of the few things that I remember learning from that class is that the lifespan of physicians is (or was, when the study was done, about 1995) 9 years shorter than non-physicians'.

Can I get 114% of my paycheck now?
 

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Originally posted by cg1155
Actually this is a myth. I can't give you my source right now because I don't remember it exactly, but overall divorce rates are similar to the general population, and lowest among physician-physician couples.

Casey

It must be because both people are too busy to see each other and don't have time to argue over the little things in life.....
sigh.....
:rolleyes:
 

Thewonderer

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Originally posted by Museless
We had a lecture on physician health during second-year epidemiology. One of the few things that I remember learning from that class is that the lifespan of physicians is (or was, when the study was done, about 1995) 9 years shorter than non-physicians'.

Can I get 114% of my paycheck now?


I KNEW all those germs I placed into my respiratory tract over the years must have done something....! spreading through my lymphatic and circulatory systems... uhm....
 
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