Paramedics' perceptions of their role in palliative care : analysis of focus group transcripts

Lord, Bill, Recoche, Katrina, O'Connor, Margaret, Yates, Patsy, & Service, Melinda (2012) Paramedics' perceptions of their role in palliative care : analysis of focus group transcripts. Journal of Palliative Care, 28(1), pp. 36-40.

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Paramedics play an important role in out-of-hospital health care. They provide unscheduled care, assisting both patients with minor injuries and those experiencing life-threatening emergencies. Increasingly, paramedics are called on to manage chronic and complex health needs, including symptom relief for patients at the end of life. However, paramedics may not be well prepared to offer palliative care, as practice guidelines and education tend to focus on the management of acute medical emergencies and major trauma. Emergency medical services that employ paramedics rarely have practice guidelines or protocols that deal specifically with palliative care.

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ID Code: 57992
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0825-8597
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2013 01:57
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2013 23:08

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