Friday, January 28, 2011

Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses, 2005


Is the PUMF available for the Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses through the DLI?


A PUMF was not produced for the National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses 2005 (NSWHN). The NSWHN page under Definitions, data sources and methods on the StatCan website provides some additional information about this:

"(...) A Public Use Microdata File (PUMF) will not be created for the NSWHN. This is a result of the sampling strategy used for the survey, that is, the selection of nurses from a frame that was created using registration information held by the 26 provincial/territorial regulatory bodies.

The survey results were released on December 11, 2006 in Statistics Canada's The Daily. The main report entitled, Findings from the 2005 National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses (83-003-XIE), contains a high level description of the survey results and 51 summary tables. A second report containing provincial profiles (11-621-MWE2006052) was released simultaneously in Statistics Canada's Analysis in Brief.

Users requiring additional information may purchase custom tabulations. These outputs are reviewed for confidentiality before they are given to users.

Users can also do their own research by accessing the master release file through the Research Data Centres program. To protect the anonymity of individual nurses, some sensitive variables have been regrouped, capped or completely deleted from the master release file. Outputs based on research using the master release file are vetted for confidentiality by Statistics Canada before users can release them.

Before releasing and/or publishing any estimate from these files, users should first determine the number of sampled respondents who contribute to the calculation of the estimate. If this number is less than 30, the weighted estimate should not be released regardless of the value of the coefficient of variation for this estimate. For weighted estimates based on sample sizes of 30 or more, users should determine the coefficient of variation of the rounded estimate.

Users may also obtain custom tabulations or request access to the share file containing the records of nurses who agreed to share their information with the Canadian Institute of Health Information and Health Canada. The conditions described above also apply to the release and/or publication of any estimate from the share file.

Statistics Canada prohibits users from working with both the master release file and share file to do their research." (

If you have any other questions related to this survey, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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