Indicator Metadata

NameRatio of Health Care Providers Employed in Direct Care to Supply, by Type of Provider
Short/Other Names

Activity Ratio

DescriptionRatio of health care providers employed in the profession and working in direct care divided by the number of registered health care providers, by type of professional
InterpretationMeasure of access to health care providers. A low or high ratio may be desirable; interpretations should be evaluated alongside other relevant data (e.g., population need, models of care, mix of 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

National, Province/Territory, Region

Indicator Results

Web tool URL: https://www.cihi.ca/en/health-workforce

Identifying Information
NameRatio of Health Care Providers Employed in Direct Care to Supply, by Type of Provider
Short/Other Names

Activity Ratio

Indicator Description and Calculation
DescriptionRatio of health care providers employed in the profession and working in direct care divided by the number of registered health care providers, by type of professional
Calculation: Description

Calculated by dividing the number of health care providers employed in the profession and working in direct care by the total number of active registered health care providers.

Number of health care providers employed in the profession and working in direct care ÷ Total number of active registered health care providers

Unit of Analysis: Service provider

Calculation: Geographic Assignment

Place of service

Calculation: Type of Measurement

Ratio

Calculation: Adjustment Applied

None

Calculation: Method of Adjustment

Not applicable

Denominator

Description:
Total number of registered health care providers
Inclusions:

  • Active registered health care providers .
    Exclusions:
  • Inactive registrants or health care providers who did not register in a province or territory.

Additional exclusion criteria vary by type of professional.

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:

  • Health care providers not employed in the profession.
  • Health care providers employed in education, research and administration.
  • Inactive registrants or health care providers who did not register in a province or territory.

Additional exclusion criteria vary by type of professional.

Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks
Rationale

Based on World Health Organization (WHO) National Health Workforce Accounts indicator 1-05: Ratio Between Active and Registered Health Workers, by Cadre, this indicator can reveal the potential versus actual workforce providing direct care to support labour force studies.

Interpretation

Measure of access to health care providers. A low or high ratio may be desirable; interpretations should be evaluated alongside other relevant data (e.g., population need, models of care, mix of health care providers).

HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Targets/Benchmarks

WHO: Ratio between active and registered health workers, by cadre

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

Available Data Years

Type of Year:

First Available Year:

Last Available Year:
Ongoing

Geographic Coverage

All provinces/territories

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory, Region

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Varies by type of professional.

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
Health workforce data tables
URL:
Web tool 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.