Prehospital Care Professional Development: does education change practice in a developing country?

Perry, Matthew, Reynolds, Louise and Clare, Judith (2018) Prehospital Care Professional Development: does education change practice in a developing country? International Paramedic Practice, 8 (2). ISSN 2052-4889 (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: This study considers the impact of the Intermediate Ambulance Care (IAC) Course on the development of prehospital care practice in Penang, Malaysia and considers how the course contributes to professional development. The research question asks what impact the education program has had in a rapidly changing emergency medical system (EMS) in Penang. Methods: Using a qualitative methodology, focused ethnography, data were collected from interviews, participation and observation of pre-hospital emergency care providers and medical professionals in Penang, Malaysia. Results: Four themes were identified. The themes describe how the participants’ values and beliefs contribute to the increasing professionalization of their role in health care. Conclusion: As well as increasing paramedic knowledge there was an observable change in participants’ values and beliefs about prehospital care and health outcomes. This has contributed to the professional development currently being experienced in prehospital care in Penang, Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paramedic; Malaysia; Focused ethnography; Prehospital care
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care > Applied Health Professions
Research Priority Areas: Learning and Professional Contexts
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 08:36
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2018 16:29
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5751

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