Contributions to Public Health around the World

Perry, Matthew, Reynolds, Louise and Clare, Judith (2018) Contributions to Public Health around the World. International Paramedic Practice, 8 (1). pp. 3-9. ISSN 2052-4889

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Abstract

Paramedics have progressed in many developed nations from being primarily a medical transportation service into independent prehospital practitioners, leading to some unique solutions to various issues in public health care policy. Issues such as how to manage increasing Emergency Department (ED) demand have given rise to paramedics establishing specialist roles in non-traditional practice settings (Raven, Tippett, Ferguson, & Smith, 2006).. This is contrasted by the situation in some developing health care systems (according to the WHO), where prehospital care services remain under developed. The more recent contribution to wider public health outcomes made by the emerging paramedic profession needs to be viewed within the context in which it developed. More work needs to be done to describe and understand the contextual nature of the profession, particularly where different roles are performed and training undertaken by prehospital care practitioners. When this context is established, interpreting research conducted in developed systems for use in developing nations may become possible. Furthermore this paper discusses the difficulties in establishing internationally relevant research.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paramedic profession; Research
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care > Applied Health Professions
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 16:19
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2018 21:27
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5749

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