Data disclaimer

All National Physician Survey data  is collected in a confidential manner: no uniquely identifiable information about Survey respondents will be gathered and/or shared at any time.

The  NPS Project Coordinator will, in keeping with the policies, rules and regulations established by the NPS Executive Committee, endeavor to ensure that any results, tables or summaries made available to requestors, or posted to websites, including this common National Physician Survey website and those of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) be provided in a manner that preserves and protects physician confidentiality and personal information. In particular, database variables and/or tabular results that could or do identify individuals will not be published, nor will such information be redistributed by the CFPC, the CMA, the RCPSC, or the CIHI.

For statistical accuracy purposes, the CFPC, the CMA, the RCPSC and the CIHI will not publish or disclose aggregate data where the cohort/group of interest has fewer than 30 respondents. For respondent confidentiality purposes, we will not publish or disclose aggregate data where the cell size is less than 5, or a such other number which could, in the reasonable opinion of the disclosing Party, result in the disclosure of confidential personal information, nor will they conduct record-linkage without the consent of the survey respondent. Requests for record-level data will be referred to the Project Coordinator for consideration. In exceptional cases where small cell frequencies are released, the CFPC, the CMA and the RCPSC will reserve the right to review results prior to their release or publication.

To make a specific NPS results request please fill out a Results Request Form.

Publication Policy

The CFPC, the CMA and the RCPSC require that a copy of any paper, presentation text or publication resulting from analyses of the National Physician Survey database be provided to the Technical Advisory Committee for information purposes only. Please send to: info@nationalphysiciansurvey.ca.

To make a specific NPS results request please fill out a Results Request Form.

Referencing the NPS

Where results or analyses are obtained from the National Physician Survey Database and subsequently published, an appropriate acknowledgment must be included. This rule applies to all papers, presentations and publications.

Referencing NPS results obtained from the NPS website:

Template reference: National Physician Survey [homepage on the internet]. College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Medical Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; C[copyright date]. [cited year month day]. Title of items; [number of screens or pages]. Available from: www.nationalphysiciansurvey.ca.

Written papers, reports or publications:
The following text must be included in any subsequent written paper, report or publication emanating from the data collected for the CFPC/CMA/RCPSC National Physician Survey Database.
(It is recognized that the location of the acknowledgement in any publication will follow that publication’s format guidelines.)

The study described in this paper (presentation, etc) was conducted utilizing original data collected for the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s (RCPSC) National Physician Survey Database. The study was also supported by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and Health Canada. The study and all of the data contained therein are the copyright protected works of the CFPC, CMA, and RCPSC and cannot be copied or reproduced in whole or in part without permission of the CFPC, CMA, RCPSC.

Oral presentation:
If an oral presentation utilizes results from the National Physician Survey Database, then a slide should be included with the full text of the acknowledgement above.

If a written report or oral presentation is only using selected results, tables, or graphs derived from the National Physician Survey Database, then the source at the bottom of the table or graph (or in a footnote to text) should read CFPC/CMA/ RCPSC National Physician Survey Database 2004 or 2007, “Protected by Copyright”. It is recognized that, in the case of an oral presentation, the data source may need to be referred to more succinctly, i.e., as “The 2004 or 2007 National Physician Survey”.

Third Party Authorship:
As per the Uniform Requirements for Publication (Vancouver criteria), all individuals who were actively involved in conceptualizing the paper, analyzing the data, and preparing the presentation/publication should be listed as authors. While the data remains the property of the CFPC, the CMA and the RCPSC, the subsequent intellectual property (analyses, conclusions, opinions, etc.) as expressed in the paper, presentation or publication belong to the authors of said works.
The recognition of the National Physician Survey Database in the title of any article based on information from this database may vary from journal to journal, but should contain elements of the following text:

  • Title of paper X (which is based upon results or analyses from the database)
  • A Study using the National Physician Survey Database, part of the National Physician Survey project co-led by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and supported by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Health Canada.
  • Authors of paper X (as per the Vancouver criteria)