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Indicator Metadata

NameHealth Care Providers Employed in Direct Care, by Age Group
Short/Other Names

Health Care Provider Distribution by Age Group

DescriptionNumber of health care providers employed in the profession and working in direct care, by age group and type of professional
InterpretationDescriptive information on the proportion of health care providers in each defined age group. May reflect education trends and/or recruitment/retention initiatives for health care providers.
HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Geographic Coverage

All provinces/territories

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

International, National, Province/Territory, Region, Provider; may be further aggregated by highest level of education, setting of employment, urban/rural/remote, etc.

Indicator Results

https://www.cihi.ca/en/health-workforce

Identifying Information
NameHealth Care Providers Employed in Direct Care, by Age Group
Short/Other Names

Health Care Provider Distribution by Age Group

Indicator Description and Calculation
DescriptionNumber of health care providers employed in the profession and working in direct care, by age group and type of professional
Calculation: Description

Number of health care providers working in direct care, sorted by 5-year age groups

Unit of Analysis: Service provider

Calculation: Geographic Assignment

Place of service

Calculation: Type of Measurement

Number - Number of health care providers in defined age groups (e.g., <30, 30–34, 35–39)

Calculation: Adjustment Applied

None

Calculation: Method of Adjustment

Not applicable

Denominator

Description:
Predefined age groups

Numerator

Description:
Number of registered health care providers employed in the profession and working in direct care
Inclusions:

  • Active registered health care providers employed in the profession and working in direct care.

Additional inclusion criteria vary by type of professional.

Exclusions:

  • Inactive registrants or health care providers who did not register in a province or territory
  • Health care providers who did not report year of birth and/or age at time of registration

Additional exclusion criteria vary by type of professional.

Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks
Rationale

Based on World Health Organization (WHO) National Health Workforce Accounts indicator 1-07: Percentage of Active Health Workers in Different Age Groups, by Cadre and Sex, this indicator can support health human resources decision-makers in research on retirement levels, support projection modeling and influence recruitment campaigns.

Interpretation

Descriptive information on the proportion of health care providers in each defined age group. May reflect education trends and/or recruitment/retention initiatives for health care providers.

HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Targets/Benchmarks

WHO: Distribution by age

References

World Health Organization. National Health Workforce Accounts: A Handbook. 2016.

World Health Organization. Global Strategy on Health Resources for Health: Workforce 2030. 2016.

Availability of Data Sources and Results
Data Sources

HWDB, NPDB

Available Data Years

Type of Year:

First Available Year:

Last Available Year:
Ongoing

Geographic Coverage

All provinces/territories

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

International, National, Province/Territory, Region, Provider; may be further aggregated by highest level of education, setting of employment, urban/rural/remote, etc.

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Varies by health care type of professional

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
Health workforce data tables
URL: https://www.cihi.ca/en/health-workforce

Updates

Not applicable

Quality Statement
Caveats and Limitations

Statistics reported may differ from those reported by other organizations due to differences in data collection and reporting methodologies.

Issues of under- and/or over-coverage may vary by type of professional.

Trending Issues

Vary by type of professional.

Comments

Please note that the available data years, geographic coverage, reporting level/disaggregation and update frequency vary by type of professional.