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A Qualitative Study Exploring how Student Paramedics Navigate the UK Healthcare Landscape.

Lees, C, Lotto, RR, Hutchison, T and White, A A Qualitative Study Exploring how Student Paramedics Navigate the UK Healthcare Landscape. International Paramedic Journal. ISSN 2052-4889 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Background. Paramedics have witnessed a huge shift in their role as providers of pre hospital emergency care although little is known about how student paramedics manage the competing demands they face in practice. Aim: to explore how student paramedics experience the changing healthcare landscape.
Method: semi structured, focus groups and thematic content analysis was adopted. A purposive sample of student paramedics at different stages of their diploma preparatory training were invited to participate in a focus group interview.
Findings: Participants’ considered that the perception from others of what the emergency paramedic service is for is largely a traditional one, as a service to transport patients to hospital. This appears to influence how they manage complex, clinical situations. Student paramedics’ clinical decision making is frequently influenced by the emotional environments in which they work, combined with difficult communication with patients and the lack of support from the different professional groups involved in patient care.
Conclusion: This study has highlighted the complexity of situations that student paramedics find themselves in while making decisions which has important implications for paramedic educators and those supporting them in practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 11:53
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2020 12:00
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13017

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