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Key Statistics 

  • 28 per cent of Ontario nurses reported they were physically assaulted at work over the past 12 months by a patient, according to the 2005 National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses.
  • Approximately 46 per cent of Canadian physicians reported they were in advanced stages of burnout, according to the Canadian Medical Association Study on Physician Burnout
  • The average number of days of work lost due to illness or disability was at least 1.5 times greater for workers in health care than the average for all workers, according to Canada's Health Care Providers: 2005 Chartbook
  • 75 per cent of family doctors are abused by patients as reported in a study by the College of Family Physicians of Canada released in March 2010 on the prevalence of abusive encounters in the workplace of family physicians.
  • According to a 2005 Statistics Canada study, 34 per cent of nurses working in hospitals and long-term care facilities reported physical assault from a patient, and 47 per cent reported emotional abuse.
  • According to a recent study, one in three hospital workers is at risk of burnout due to the dramatically increasing complexity and intensity of their work.
  • 2008 study of personal support workers in long-term care in Ontario, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia found that 43 per cent experienced physical violence on a daily basis.
  • It costs $22,000 to $64,000 (US) per nurse turnover, estimated to be between 0.75 to 2 times the salary of the departing individual.  Read more about the costs and benefits of nurse turnover: a business case for nurse retention.