National Physician Survey

The National Physician Survey’s goal is to produce a comprehensive database documenting the practice patterns of Canadian physicians in response to health-care needs of the Canadian population, as well as their own personal interests and career plans. It also provides the perspectives and expressed practice intentions of the physicians of tomorrow.

The National Physician Survey (NPS) is Canada’s most comprehensive survey of physicians and future physicians. The survey reaches out to all physicians, medical residents, and medical students in the country. In 2010, this represents approximately 90, 000 individuals.

Since 2004, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) have carried out our physician resource surveys as part of a collaborative initiative. All three organizations consolidated their resources in an effort to more efficiently inform the key decisions that affect Canadian physicians and their patients today and in the future. In addition to these three organizations, funding for the NPS has included the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Health Canada.

The NPS is conducted every three years to provide a dynamic picture of the profession, how it responds to societal needs, and the personal and professional interests of its members and future members. More information about the NPS, as well as survey results, can be accessed at

For more information contact the National Physician Survey team.

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