2012Survey Methodology

The 2012 National Physician Survey was carried out as a self-reported online survey. All medical residents and medical students training in Canada were eligible to complete the survey.

Two contact databases were developed (one for students and one for residents) based primarily on the Canadian Medical Association database.

Residents and students in the resulting databases were contacted on four separate occasions.

  • Advanced notification of the coming survey was sent out on November 7, 2012.
  • An invitation to participate was sent on November 12, 2012
  • A reminder was sent on November 26, 2012
  • A final reminder was sent on Dec 10, 2012

The data collection period lasted Nov 12 – Dec 19, 2012.

Medical students and residents absent from the contact databases could access the survey from the NPS website or by contacting an NPS team member for more information.

An ID number, necessary to complete the survey, was assigned to each participant and included in the invitation e-mails. Alternatively, IDs could be looked up using a query program on the NPS website. All responses were captured directly into two separate databases, one for student responses and one for residents.

Upon completion of the survey, students and residents were eligible for a cash draw. There were two $1,000 draws available – one for students and one for residents. At the end of the survey students and residents could indicate their desire to enter the prize draw. The draws were carried out in January 2013. The winners’ contact information was, and remains, completely separate from the questionnaire responses. In addition, medical schools achieving the highest response rates were eligible for additional $1,000 cash prizes (one for highest resident response rate, one for highest medical student response rate) awarded to the faculty of medicine. Click here to find out more about the prize winners.