Physician resource statistics
Quarterly physician resource statistics
- Q4, 2022 (October 1 – December 31, 2022)
- Q3 2022 (July 1 – September 20, 2022)
- Q2 2022 (April 1 – June 30, 2022)
- Q1 2022 (January 1 – March 31, 2022)
These reports include:
- Summary of changes in physician resources (period to period)
- Physician resources by zone
- Changes in physician resources by specialty
- Summary of inflows and outflows
- Inflows and outflows by physicians’ place of graduation
Number of complaints per year
|Physicians complained about*||535||680||756||713||712||702|
|Complaints open at year end||637||446||502||553||523||406|
*One physician may have multiple complaints.
Average days to close a file
|Complaint Process Used*||2021||2020||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Resolve with Consent (after investigation)||573||575||465||464||374||335|
|Resolve with Consent||237||167||230||163||249||119|
|Dismissal (after investigation)||402||233||339||298||225||180|
* Complaints directed to hearing are not included as the days to close vary widely based on complexity and whether the decision is appealed. Also, the number of hearings is too small to determine a meaningful average.
Complaints process definitions
An informal resolution process best suited for single-issue complaints, usually related to practice management or explanation of a medical decision. With this process, we encourage the physician to work directly with the complainant to resolve the matter. Open and honest discussion between both parties helps them to understand the issues and often a simple explanation or apology can close the file. More importantly, both the physician and the complainant learn from this process, improving future interactions.
Resolve with Consent (without investigation)
An informal resolution process used when the complaint seems straightforward, but one in which the physician needs to provide further explanation to the complainant and CPSA about the care provided, or make a change to their practice.
After we get consent from both the physician and the complainant to proceed with this approach, we’ll work directly with the physician to address the complaint. The underlying issue in many of these complaints is poor communication, often around patient consent or follow-up care rather than lack of knowledge or skill. Resolve with Consent enables us to respond quickly to the complaint and allows the physician to explain their care or actions, or implement practice changes sooner.
A formal process used for complaints that are serious or have complicating factors, such as when the complainant has no authority to receive medical information about the patient. These complaints often involve more than one physician and require additional information from others involved, including medical records.
An investigation is also mandatory for complaints involving a serious allegation of unprofessional conduct, including sexual abuse or sexual misconduct.
Resolve with Consent (after investigation)
A collaborative process used when an investigation identifies a problem with the physician’s practice. In this situation, we work with the physician and complainant to allow for effective and timely resolution. For these complaints, both the complainant and the physician must agree on how it can be resolved, which may include a peer review, assessment and/or educational activities. This quality improvement approach results in better care for future patients.
Dismissal (after investigation)
Occurs when an investigation finds no evidence of unprofessional conduct, the complaint is dismissed. When a complaint is dismissed, the complainant can request a review of that decision.
Sometimes a complaint lacks sufficient information to identify unprofessional conduct, or it’s frivolous or vexatious in nature. In these cases, the Health Professions Act allows our Complaints Director to dismiss it with no further action. When this happens, the complainant can request a review of the dismissal decision.
Disciplinary hearings occur when informal methods of resolution are unsuccessful, or when a complaint investigation reveals a serious breach of a practice standard or ethical conduct by a physician, such as sexual abuse or sexual misconduct.
Summary of complaint natures
|Quality of Care||383||529||541||520||495||461|
*One complaint file may have multiple natures
Nature of complaint definitions
COVID-19 – New category as of November 2021, includes assessment/diagnosis/treatment, professional behaviour and regulatory compliance.
Practice Management – Physician availability, office management (including finance and communication).
Medical Reporting – Release of records, report completion and accuracy.
Third-Party – Independent Medical Examination (WCB, insurance companies, and all others).
Ethics – Confidentiality, informed consent, advertising, self-promotion, research-related and boundary violations (including sexual, financial and others).
Quality of Care – Diagnosis (incorrect or delayed), treatment (prescribing, procedural and counselling), referral, consultations, follow-up).
Systemic – Continuity of care and interdisciplinary issues.
Unclassified – All others.