The CMA Physician Data Centre conducts research that supports a vibrant medical profession and a healthy population. The information generated helps work towards getting the right number, mix and distribution of physicians across Canada. Our data is used by health system planners at all levels make decisions about allocating resources, as well as by physicians, students and other researchers. Medical students also use our data to inform their decisions about their future careers. Ultimately, we want to support discussions and planning that will improve the health care system and patient outcomes.
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A snapshot of Canada’s physicians: Facts and statistics
Everything from the number of physicians working in Canada, to demographics and specialty numbers, workload and remuneration.
Physician perspectives: Workforce surveys
Self-reported data from doctors on topics including work hours, information technology, overall satisfaction and more.
Career planning: Specialty profiles
Key facts about various specialties, their income, educational requirements, supply and more.
hours spent per week on research by physicians in Manitoba
of family physicians are partially or completely closed to new patients
of cardiologists report feeling overworked
family physicians per 100,000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador
of Canada's physicians are family physicians
of physicians use electronic medical records in their practices
of psychiatrists provide on-call services
For years, the CMA has been using surveys to ask physicians about their practices. Topics have ranged from workload to adoption of information technology in their practices. These surveys have allowed PDC to observe changing trends in the physician workforce in Canada over the years.
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CMA Workforce Survey (2017)
The CMA Workforce Survey aimed to collect information from physicians on a wide range of topics relating to their practices in Canada, including but not limited to workload, practice settings, remuneration methods, waiting times, use of information technology and employment. The information collected builds on the work done through the National Physician Survey.
National Physician Survey (NPS) (2004-2014)
The NPS (2004-2014) takes the pulse of Canada’s medical profession through input from Canadian physicians, residents and medical students. The data support health care planning, research, policy, curriculum development, and advocacy.