Monday, December 01, 2008

More female physicians, pharmacists working in Canada: reports

From CBC News:
More women are joining the health-care occupations in Canada, including the traditionally male-dominated professions of medicine and pharmacy, according to a report released on Monday.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information said women make up about 80 per cent of the health care workforce, which includes more than one million people. The reports included information on the supply, distribution, migration, education and demographic trends for:

* Doctors.
* Regulated nurses — registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs).
* Pharmacists.
* Occupational therapists.
* Physiotherapists.

In 2007 for example, 56 per cent of family physicians under the age of 40 were women, compared with 16 per cent of family doctors aged 60 and over, the institute said.

There were 63,682 active physicians in Canada in 2007, and the total ratio of physicians to 100,000 population increased to 192 last year from 187 in 2003, report said.

Among pharmacists under the age of 40, 64 per cent were women, compared to 27 per cent of those over 60. More than 75 per cent of pharmacists worked in the community setting, while fewer than 20 per cent worked in hospitals. ...more

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