Canadian Medical Association

Physician health has been a critical issue for several years, impacting physicians and medical learners themselves, the patients they care for and health system performance.

With many physicians facing unprecedented levels of change, uncertainty, stress and strain during the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding the health and wellness issues facing physicians and medical learners in Canada is a priority of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

Physician health and wellness survey reports

Results from physician health and wellness surveys, including the CMA’s National Physician Health Survey (NPHS), allow the CMA and other stakeholders to identify individual, organizational and system-level changes needed to better support physicians, residents and medical students, and to create a healthier medical culture and more effective health care system.

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How to use the data

National data sets such as the NPHS and others can be utilized by researchers, leaders, educators and health organizations to identify physician wellness challenges, help build a case for support, drive advocacy and advance physician health and wellness programs. Research demonstrates that investing in physician health and wellness helps to protect physicians, patients and the health care system.

Learn more about the CMA’s work to drive change including:

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Other physician wellness data 

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Physician Burnout in Canada: Challenges and Possible Future Interventions

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Healing the Healers: System-Level Solutions to Physician Burnout OMA 

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Physician Abuse and Mistreatment: A Growing Concern

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Improving the mental health of physicians in Canada

Mental Health Commission of Canada
Exploring Two Psychosocial Factors for Health-Care Workers

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