Complaints against doctors in Saskatchewan jumped more than 84 per cent last year, the College of Physicians and Surgeons reported Thursday.

There were 48 complaints in 2008, compared with 26 in 2007 and 18 in 2006.

Most fell into two categories: inappropriate behavior (27) and sexual misconduct (18).

There were also two complaints for lacking in knowledge and skills and one for being unfit to practice because of addictions or psychiatric illness.

It's a worrisome trend, although it's not completely clear what the numbers mean, the college's associate registrar Bryan Salte told CBC News.

"It's very difficult, because we in the past have seen blips in numbers of complaints," he said. 

"I think we'll have a much better idea after 2009. Is this an ongoing trend? Was this just a one-year phenomenon? What was it that caused this change?"

While there were 48 complaints in total, that doesn't mean 48 doctors, because there were multiple complaints against some individuals, the college says.