Canada’s largest physician survey warns of chronic illness impact on the Health Care System
New data released today from the 2010 National Physician Survey (NPS) shows that, in spite of improvements in some areas, Canada’s doctors are finding it increasingly challenging to meet the changing health care needs of the ever growing number of Canadians living with chronic and complex medical conditions.
CMA, Royal College and CFPC announce the 2010 National Physician Survey
Canada’s three largest national health care organizations announced today that the 2010 edition of the National Physician Survey (NPS) will be launched later this month as questionnaires and electronic invitations are distributed to physicians across Canada. Surveys of medical residents and students will follow in the fall. A collaboration of the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and The College of Family Physicians of Canada, the NPS is the largest survey of current and future physicians undertaken in Canada, with approximately 90,000 individuals invited to participate this year. The 2010 edition will build on the success of two previous editions in 2004 and in 2007.
“In 2001, 16% of Canadian FPs had access to dietitians as part of their practices. By 2004, 26% of FPs shared patient care with nutritionists or dietitians. The 2007 NPS revealed that 52% of FPs collaborated with dietitians or nutritionists and 42% offered nutrition counseling as part of their practices.”
Canadian Family Physician, Fast Fact, Janaury, 2010.
“According to the results of the 2007 National Physician Survey (NPS), only 12.3% of Canadian FPs and GPs use EMRs exclusively, and an additional 19.4% use EMRs in combination with traditional paperbased charts.”