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Changes in Canada's medical workforce could affect access to care

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 04 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1064
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Toronto

    A new survey, the largest ever poll of Canada's physicians, indicates that medicine in Canada is changing, with profound implications for supply of physicians and access to care. More than half of all medical graduates are now women, and female doctors reported working seven hours a week less than their male counterparts (47 hours a week compared with 54).

    The 2004 National Physician Survey was a collaboration by three of Canada's largest medical organisations, the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Questionnaires were forwarded to almost all licensed physicians in Canada (59 389 of 61 751 physicians. A total of 2362 were eliminated due to retirement, residency or working abroad). Overall, 21 296 doctors responded …

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