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Clinical decision making in paramedic practice. A qualitative study exploring the challenges of responding to mental health needs.

Hutchison, T, Lees, C, Lotto, R, White, A and Harris, R (2019) Clinical decision making in paramedic practice. A qualitative study exploring the challenges of responding to mental health needs. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 11 (10). ISSN 1759-1376

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Abstract

The paramedic service responds to emergency calls for a variety of reasons with many relating to mental health concerns. This qualitative study aims to explore the views and experiences of student paramedics in relation to clinical decision making for mental health calls. Focus groups were utilised to investigate the participants’ perspectives. Thematic analysis was used to organise data and identify key issues. Findings suggested some disparity between what paramedic students were prepared for and the reality of public need. Clinical decision-making in relation to those with mental health problems was significantly influenced by the current provision of mental health services and the lack of mental health specific education for student paramedics. Current changes to the paramedic programme make this an opportune time for a review of curriculum content.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in the Journal of Paramedic Practice, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://dx.doi.org/10.12968/jpar.2019.11.10.434.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1103 Clinical Sciences, 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: MA Healthcare
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 09:54
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2020 00:50
DOI or Identification number: 10.12968/jpar.2019.11.10.434
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10660

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