Data from the 2010 National Physician Survey

The November issue of Canadian Family Physician has some interesting fast facts on physicians who provide care for individuals struggling with addictions.

According to data from the 2010 National Physician Survey:

  • 30% of Canadian family physicians and GPs offer substance abuse care
  • 3% identifying substance abuse care as the area of focus for their practices
  • 48% of family medicine residents indicated that they intended to provide care for patients with substance abuse problems.

The table below shows the distribution of family physicians who indicated that they provided care for patients with addictions – clearly addictions issues are prevalent across populations.

You can read the full article on the Canadian Family Physician website.

Reference

No authors. (2011). Fast Facts: Addiction medicine and substance abuse care. Canadian Family Physician, 57(11): e429. Free full text available here.