What is... NPS?

The National Physician Survey (NPS) is Canada’s comprehensive and influential survey of current and future physicians. Sent to more than 90,000 medical personnel as a collaborative effort from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College), the NPS produces the largest and widest range of data on the Canadian physician workforce. Information collected ranges from demographics to services provided and populations served, producing a robust database of information on current and future physicians practising in Canada.

The NPS is conducted every three years (2004, 2007, 2010), providing a dynamic snapshot of the Canadian medical profession, including how physicians respond to societal needs and the personal/professional interests of physicians and future physicians. The survey not only informs health care system planners, stakeholder organizations, and training programs about overall physician workforce resources, needs, and allocation, but also presents the current plans of future physicians in Canada. Data analysis of physician, resident, and medical student responses reveals the scope of services future physicians intend to provide; trends in future physician practice; differences in current and future workloads; and background information for physician training programs, the medical student/resident selection process, and the physician recruitment process in Canada.

The NPS is supported by the CFPC, the CMA, and the Royal College, with funding from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The 2010 NPS results will be released in June 2011! For more information about the NPS and to view survey questions and results visit www.nationalphysiciansurvey.ca

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