• By Dana Sparks

Physician Spouses Seem Satisfied in Relationships

March 28, 2013

It appears the majority of U.S. spouses/partners of physicians are happy with their relationships. According to Mayo Clinic research, approximately 900 U.S. spouses/partners of physicians responded to a national survey and 85 percent of them said they are satisfied in their relationships.

Physicians’ personal relationships are often believed to suffer because of the demanding and consuming nature of their work. Tait Shanafelt, M.D., first author of the study and a Mayo Clinic hematologist and oncologist, says, “The findings challenge a number of stereotypes about physician relationships. While every relationship has challenges, our research shows that on the whole doctor’s spouses and partners are extremely happy in their relationships.”

The study is published in the March edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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