2007Survey Methodologies

The 2007 NPS questions evolved from questions used on the 2004 NPS. A working group approach, including representatives from the CFPC, the CMA, the Royal College, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and other affiliated societies was used to review and refine questions from the previous survey.

Response rates

A separate database pertaining to all eligible survey respondents was developed in order to assess the comparability and representativeness of the survey respondents to the total physician population. This data  was also used  to develop statistical weights to be applied to each stratum and age grouping within the 2007 survey results

From the NPS Masterfile, physician age, sex, province, language, and year of MD graduation were captured, along with an indication of whether the individual completed the questionnaire.  No names or addresses were collected and archived  in this separate database.

Some 60,811 physicians were considered eligible to respond to the 2007 NPS.  Of these, 19,239 replied to the survey, for an overall study response rate of 31.64%.

In-depth specifics about the Survey methodology including questionnaire design, data collection, response rates, weighting of results and survey administration are available. Please contact us for details.