Journal article

Reproductive patterns, pregnancy outcomes and parental leave practices of women physicians in Ontario, Canada: the Dr Mom Cohort Study protocol

Maria C Cusimano, Nancy N Baxter, Rinku Sutradhar, Joel G Ray, Amit X Garg, Eric McArthur, Simone Vigod, Andrea N Simpson

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


INTRODUCTION: Surveys and qualitative studies suggest that women physicians may delay childbearing, be at increased risk of adverse peripartum complications when they do become pregnant, and face discrimination and lower earnings as a result of parenthood. Observational studies enrolling large, representative samples of women physicians are needed to accurately evaluate their reproductive patterns, pregnancy outcomes, parental leave practices and earnings. This protocol provides a detailed research plan for such studies. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The Dr Mom Cohort Study encompasses a series of retrospective observational studies of women physicians in Ontario, Canada. All practising physicians i..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study will be conducted with grant funding from Physicians' Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation. This study is also supported by ICES, which is funded by an annual grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). The opinions, results, analytical plans and conclusions reported in this paper are those of the authors and are independent of the funding sources. No endorsement by ICES or the Ontario MOHLTC is intended or should be inferred. Dr Maria Cusimano is supported by the American College of Surgeons Resident Research Scholarship and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.