Working mothers

Children of working mothers are no less likely to stay home because of illness than are children whose mothers are full-time homemakers, reports a study on family structure and children's use of ambulatory physician services.

The study also shows that working mothers do not substitute telephone calls for medical advice in place of visits to the doctor.

Gail Lee Cafferatat and Judith D. Kasper collected data for their report from the National Medical Care Expenditure Survey of the National Center for Health Services Research. The survey of health care use and expenditures was conducted during an 18-month period in 1977-78.

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