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Ways in which paramedics cope with, and respond to, natural large-scale disasters

Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E. & Scully, Paul J. (2008) Ways in which paramedics cope with, and respond to, natural large-scale disasters. In Gow, Kathryn & Paton, Douglas (Eds.) The Phoenix of Natural Disasters: Community Resilience. Nova Science, New York, pp. 89-100.

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Abstract

This chapter examines the ways in which paramedics respond to, and cope with, the demands they face in regard to their role in naturally occurring large-scale disasters. In order to understand the methods employed by this group of professionals, it is first necessary to briefly highlight the model of coping that underpins the propositions included in this discussion. It is also important to examine the ways in which paramedics approach, cope with, and respond to, the stressful and/or traumatic events that feature in the course of their usual employ. To facilitate such a discussion, current literature is referred to. Perhaps even more pertinent though, we have included qualitative accounts from paramedics with respect to their experiences in the usual course of their work and accounts gathered from a group of Australian paramedics who responded to the Asian tsunami disaster at the end of 2004 and early 2005 as a recent example of these factors in attending to a large-scale natural disaster. The accounts are supplemented with data collected prior to and following their deployment to Banda Ache.

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ID Code: 14257
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: trauma, resilience, paramedic, growth, disaster
ISBN: 9781604561616
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Nova Science
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:48

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