Individuals delivering care or working in health human resources (HHR) are one of our health care system’s greatest assets. Evidence-based planning and management of HHR is a vital part of making sure Canadians can access health services when and where they need them.
To support this planning, CIHI collects data and produces analyses on the supply, distribution, education and employment characteristics of HHR in Canada. This includes record-level data and analysis on
CIHI gathers information on workforce size, practice settings and regulatory environments, as well as trends in supply, demographics and education. This is used by health care planners, decision-makers, policy-makers and researchers to support resource and use planning.
Key reports and analyses
Data for 2007 indicate that almost 15% of practising physiotherapists in Canada (excluding Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut) were educated outside of Canada. Data in regard to country of graduation show that these physiotherapists obtained their basic education in physiotherapy from a variety of industrialized and developing countries. The top three account for more than half of all internationally educated physiotherapists as follows: United Kingdom (31.5%), India (14.4%) and the United States (10.0%).
Access to a family physician often represents a point of entry to the health care system, as well as a way of ensuring continuity of care across the system for Canadians. This analysis examines the factors that can influence whether or not a family physician is accepting new patients, and how these factors differ among physicians working in urban and rural settings.