Research on the Health Workforce

The 2001 National Family Physician Survey
R.W. Pong, M. Lefebvre*, A. Irvine*, and L.J. Liboiron*, in collaboration with the College of Family Physicians of Canada

Until very recently, there was little reliable information on what family physicians did, how much time they devoted to their medical practice, their future career plans, and the characteristics of their patients. This has stymied meaningful medical workforce planning efforts. To rectify this situation, the College of Family Physicians of Canada decided in 1997 to survey a sample of family physicians across the country and to establish a family physician workforce database. CRaNHR was commissioned to conducted the 1997 survey (see a description of this survey in the "Completed Projects" section). In order to measure changes in practice pattern over time, the College of Family Physicians of Canada also decided to conduct the survey on a periodic basis.

CRaNHR was commissioned to conduct the 2001 National Family Physician Survey. Unlike the 1997 survey, the 2001 survey attempted to contact all family physicians and general practitioners across Canada (over 28,000 family doctors). The 2001 survey sought to obtain information on various aspects of the work of family physicians: practice setting, clinical practice profile, on-call, access to care, changes in practice, personal/family life, education/training, etc. The advisory committee of the 2001 National Family Physician Survey included representatives of the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, La fédération des médecins omnipracticiens du Québec, the Canadian Institute of Health Information, etc.

(commissioned by the College of Family Physicians of Canada)

(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)