What’s in a name? The confusion in nomenclature of low-acuity specialist roles in paramedicine

Long, David Nicholas, Clark, Michele J., Lim, David, & Devenish, Scott (2016) What’s in a name? The confusion in nomenclature of low-acuity specialist roles in paramedicine. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 13(3).

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A significant paradigm shift in the care of non-urgent, low-acuity patients by paramedics has been gathering momentum over the last two decades. However the current nomenclature to define paramedics who specialise in the low-acuity setting is confusing, inconsistent and arguably misrepresentative. This commentary contends that two discernible paradigms lie along the spectra of low-acuity service delivery in paramedicine and argues that the nomenclature should also reflect this difference. Consistency in nomenclature has implications for the evolving professionalism in paramedicine and the movement towards national registration.

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ID Code: 97860
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: paramedicine, low-acuity, specialist, nomenclature
ISSN: 2202-7270
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Paramedics Australasia
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2016 00:50
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 21:21

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