Sumary of Study reveals a widening gender gap in the field of family medicine due to COVID-19:
- As people transitioned to working from home at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, journal submissions from academics increased across the board.
- The research reflects wider trends in academic publishing and is the first study to find such patterns in family medicine.
- The study contributes to a growing body of evidence that the pandemic caused unique career disruptions for women as they became stretched thin during remote work, causing stress, burnout and anxiety.
- “The worry is that these problems will compound,” said Katherine Wright, the paper’s corresponding author and the director of research in the department of family and community medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
- “As men were able to submit more, they may benefit from more citations, promotions, funding and career opportunities as women fall further behind.