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Network, Winter 2006

40%
Estimated percentage of individuals seen in primary care who have a mental health problem (Kates, 1997)

25%
Estimated percentage of individuals seen in primary care who have a diagnosed psychiatric disorder (Kates, 1997)

12%
Increase in the average number of mental health-related billings between 1992 and 2001.

10,439
Number of practicing family physicians in Ontario in 2004 (OPHRDC, 2004)

598
Number of new family physicians since 1998 (OPHRDC, 1998)

2,400
Estimated shortage of Ontario physicians in 2006 (OMA, 2005)

566
Average number of people per physician (including specialists) in Ontario in 2003 (OMA, 2005)

1.4 million
Approximate number of Ontario residents without a family doctor (OMA, 2005)

1,783
Number of practicing psychiatrists in Ontario in 2004 (OPHRDC, 2004)

66
Number of new psychiatrists since 1998 (OPHRDC, 1998)

6,148
Number of children with mental health needs per child psychiatrist in Ontario (Steele, 1999)

21
Number of practicing psychiatrists serving rural Ontario (Bazana, 1999)

76,007
Number of people in rural Ontario per practicing psychiatrist (Bazana, 1999)

5,653
Number of people in urban Ontario per practicing psychiatrist (Bazana, 1999)


Sources

Bazana, G. (1999). Geographic Locations Survey of Clinical Psychologists in Canada. Canadian Psychological Association. www.cpa.ca.
* Please note: the ratio of urban population to health professional in Ontario (1:5,563) is misprinted in the report. When calculated using Ontario’s urban population (9,157,435) to number of psychiatrists (1,620), the ratio is 1:5,653.

Canadian Institute for Health Information (November 9, 2004). Family Doctors Now Offering a Narrower Range of Services. secure.cihi.ca.

Kates, N., Craven, M., Crustolo, A.M., Nikolaou, L., & Allen, C. (1997). Integrating Mental Health Services Within Primary Care. General Hospital Psychiatry, 19, 324-332.

Ontario Medical Association (2005). Doctors: Physician Resource Crisis Continues to Deepen in Ontario. www.oma.org.

Ontario Medical Association (2005). Ontario Physician Shortage 2005: Backgrounder. www.oma.org.

OPHRDC (Ontario Physicians Human Resources Data Centre) (1998). Active Physicians in Ontario by Specialty of Practice and Planning Region in 1998. Retrieved December 1, 2005.

OPHRDC (Ontario Physicians Human Resources Data Centre) (2004). Active Physicians in Ontario by Specialty of Practice and Planning Region in 2004. Retrieved December 1, 2005.

Steele, M. & Wolfe, V.V. (1999). Child Psychiatry Practice Patterns in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 44, 788-792.


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