Rural Health Professions Actions Plan

The Landscape of Rural Health

A health care data analysis tool from RPAP

What does health care look like in your rural community?

RPAP's Research and Analysis team have crunched the numbers, and are pleased to present the Landscape of Rural Health interactive dashboard (below) for your information. This dashboard provides the most recent information available to RPAP as it pertains to physician attraction and retention within Alberta communities.

For ease of use, the information presented has been grouped according to the province's federal electoral districts as of the 2012 federal election.

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RPAP Dashboard - All Physicians

This dashboard provides information as it pertains to physician attraction and retention within Alberta communities. This dashboard presents an outlook on the physician supply in Alberta in July 2015, based on information provided by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

For ease of use, the information presented has been grouped, according to Alberta’s federal electoral districts as of the 2012 federal election, into the following categories:

  • Physician Cohort: these figures give you an exact count of the number of physicians in the selected districts.
  •  Physician per 100,000 Inhabitants: these figures give you an estimate of the number of physicians for each 100,000 people living in the selected districts. The population number are extrapolated from previous censuses done by Statistics Canada
  • Average Physician Age (est.): these figures give you an estimate of the average age of the physician cohort for the selected districts.
  • Distribution of Physician Cohort by Age: these figures allow you to see how the breakdown of the physician cohort by age. This is important to identify potential future issues with the physician workforce due to retirement or difficulties in training future physicians in these areas.
  •  5-Year Physician Retention Rate (est.): these figures show the percentage of physicians who stayed in the district over the past 5 years. For instance, if in 2010 the cohort consisted in 100 physicians, and among these 85 were still present in 2015, the 5-year retention rate would be of 85%.
  • Origin of 2015 Physician Cohort (Over 5 Years): these figures give the breakdown of the district’s current cohort by geographic location 5 year ago. Thus, physician currently practicing could have been retained (already present 5 years ago), be new registrants in Alberta (newly trained physicians or newcomers to the Province), or originate from either another urban or rural district.
  • Percentage of International Medical Graduates in Newcomers (5 Yrs.): these figures show the importance of physicians who have obtained their medical degree from universities outside of Canada among the new physicians in the selected districts.
  • Percentage of International Medical Graduates in Physician Cohort: these figures show the importance of physicians who have obtained their medical degree from universities outside of Canada among the whole physician cohort in the selected districts.

 

Physician Vacancy Rates

The map to the left, and its corresponding table, divides the province along Alberta Health Service’s (AHS) regions, while the right-hand side of the dashboard follows RPAP’s division (corresponding to the 2011 Federal Electoral Districts).

Data presented is taken from two major sources. The first is the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta’s (CPSA) registry database, and allows us to follow where in the Province physicians have registered their practice.The second is the APLJobs.ca vacancy database. The APL website allows all recruiters in the Province to advertise their job opportunities in healthcare free of charge. It hosts all of AHS’s vacancies, as well as those from other organizations such as Primary Care Networks and other Allied Health organizations. Though this dashboard focuses on physician vacancies, the website allows postings for nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, physiotherapists and others. 

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Data presented by RPAP is for informational purposes only and is provided without warranty, either expressed or implied. We assume no liability for any decision made or action taken or not taken by anyone using or relying upon this data. For further information about data usage and reproduction please contact RPAP Research and Analysis.

While The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP) endeavours to maintain the currency and accuracy of information published via electronic media, the information is subject to change. It is advisable that users ascertain the currency of information immediately prior to use. RPAP disclaims all responsibility for loss or damage which may arise from the use of social media. Links to external websites and Facebook and Twitter user accounts, and all other social media accounts, are provided as a convenience to users and such sites and associated content.

 

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