2014Survey Methodology

The 2014 National Physician Survey (NPS) was carried out as a voluntary self-reported online survey. All practising physicians in Canada were invited to complete the survey.

The survey contact database was developed using information from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Royal College) databases.

The specialty or subspecialty of the Other Specialists was identified using the NPS database populated with the latest certification data from the three organizations. Physicians were counted either as Family Physician or Other Specialist based on Question 2 of the 2014 NPS survey. For more detail, please refer to the 2014 Complete Methodology document.

Physicians in the resulting database were contacted on four separate occasions.

  • An invitation to participate was sent on April 28, 2014.
  • First reminder was sent on May 12, 2014.
  • Second reminder was sent on May 28, 2014.
  • A final reminder was sent on June 9, 2014.

The data collection period lasted April 28 – July 3, 2014.

Once physicians clicked on the link in the invitation email, a unique ID number was automatically assigned to each participant. All responses were captured directly into the database.

Upon completion of the survey, participating physicians were eligible for a cash draw. There were two $1,000 prize draws available – one for early bird completion and one for all who participated. At the end of the survey, physicians were automatically directed to the online prize draw form. The early bird prize draw was carried out on June 9, 2014 for participants who completed the survey by May 30, 2014 and the second prize draw was carried out on July 9, 2014 for all participants who completed the survey during the data collection period. The winners’ contact information was, and remains, completely separate from the questionnaire responses. Click here(June) or here(July) to find out more about the prize winners.