Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

December 18, 2007 10:24 ET

Canadian Medical Association Launches First Check-up of Doctors' Health

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2007) - The Centre for Physician Health and Well-being of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) today launched the Canadian Physician Health Study (CPHS).

This first national study of its kind will survey physicians on a variety of health- issues from nutrition and physical activity, to job satisfaction and burn-out. Results of the survey will help inform the further development of resources and services to assist the CMA in achieving its vision of a vibrant medical profession and to help physicians sustain healthy lifelong careers in medicine.

CMA research conducted in 2003 reported that 46% of physician respondents were in advanced stages of burnout. "This is something that the CMA is monitoring closely," said Dr. Brian Day, CMA President. "The health of Canada's doctors is crucial to the provision of high quality health care for our patients and it is why the CMA has made 'Physician Health' one of the organization's five key priority areas."

Over 8000 randomly selected practising physicians are being asked to participate in the study. The baseline data collected from CPHS will help to monitor trends and compare the health status of physicians, other health professionals and the Canadian public.

Principal investigator Dr. Erica Frank, Canada Research Chair in Preventative Medicine and Population Health at the University of British Columbia, is leading the research team. The Canadian Physician Health Network, the national umbrella group for doctor support programs across the country, is also collaborating on the project.

The CPHS has been made possible through financial contributions from Health Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, with additional support from the British Columbia Medical Association, the Physician Health Program of BC and the Healthy Heart Society of British Columbia.

The study will conclude in spring 2008.

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