The NBHC's Primary Health Survey is the most comprehensive health services survey of New Brunswick's history. The first survey was conducted in 2011, the second in 2014, and the third in 2017. Each time, over 13,500 citizens responded to the survey by telephone, in all areas of the province. Its aim is to understand and report on New Brunswickers' experiences with primary health services, more specifically at the community level. In 2017, the survey began to include both land lines and mobile phones.
Primary health care is usually defined as the first point of contact with the health care system. Primary health care providers are essential for effective preventative medicine, health maintenance and management of chronic conditions, and may include family doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, physiotherapists, social workers, and other health professionals.
In this survey, New Brunswickers are asked about their experiences with personal family doctors, emergency departments, specialists, after hours clinics, community health centres, nurse practitioners, ambulance services and alternative medicine practitioners. They are also asked about their use and access to primary health services.
2020 Edition of the Primary Health Survey
The 2020 edition of the Primary Health Survey is currently in progress. For more information, please see our FAQ here. Results will be available in 2021.
2017 Edition of the Primary Health Survey
In 2017, 14,494 New Brunswickers responded to our survey.
2014 Edition of the Primary Health Survey
In 2014, 13,614 New Brunswickers responded to our survey.
2011 Edition of the Primary Health Survey
In 2011, 14,045 New Brunswickers responded to our survey.