Canadian Medical Association launches first check-up of doctors' health



    OTTAWA, Dec. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - 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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