Survey will poll doctors on use of Information Technologies
OTTAWA – Canada’s three major national medical
organizations announced an agreement to undertake a second edition of
the National Physician Survey in 2007. The College of Family Physicians
of Canada (CFPC), The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and The Royal
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) are building on the
success of a 2004 Survey that drew national and international attention
for its scope and for the valuable insight it provided into the future
of medicine in this country.
The 2007 survey will provide important data on the use of information
technologies by doctors, as well as medical education and practice, to
help educators, policy makers and planners make informed decisions.
The National Physician Survey is unique in the world in terms of the
range of current and future physicians who will be surveyed.
Questionnaires will be sent to all practising family doctors and other
specialist physicians and surgeons in the country, as well as
second-year medical residents and all medical students. In total, more
than 73,000 questionnaires will be distributed, starting in January of
“There is much discussion of the rapidly evolving nature of our
healthcare system, inter-professional healthcare teams, changing scopes
of practice among family physicians and other specialists, electronic
means to manage care. These and many other developments will be
systematically captured by the NPS,” said Dr. Louise Samson, RCPSC
Dr. Tom Bailey, President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada,
added, “The CFPC recognizes that in order to assess the changing
practice patterns and professional preferences of family physicians,
it’s necessary to track these changes over time. The next edition of the
NPS is a valued contribution to our understanding these trends so that
we can plan the physician workforce required to meet the future
healthcare needs of Canadians.”
CMA President, Dr. Colin McMillan, described the NPS as “the most
comprehensive survey of the medical profession. It provides critical
information to help guide policymakers, educators and professional
associations in planning for the future training and practice needs of
The NPS 2007 will provide an in-depth look at how physicians are
currently working collaboratively and the impediments they face in
providing care to their patients. The results will also provide a
glimpse into the future of medicine in Canada by describing the factors
that are shaping the future educational and career intentions of medical
students and residents.
The highlights of the NPS 2007 will be released to the public and key
stakeholders in a series of public announcements beginning in November
of 2007. The NPS also maintains a website at nationalphysiciansurvey.ca,
where the 2004 results can be accessed today and where the 2007 results
will eventually be posted.
The NPS has been made possible through the financial contributions of
the Canadian Medical Association, The College of Family Physicians of
Canada, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the
Canadian Institute for Health Information.