• 30th Sep 2021

Research participation: Teleconsultation for paramedics: How can we better support our on road staff making safe clinical decisions?

Monash University's 'Teleconsultation for paramedics: How can we better support our on road staff making safe clinical decisions?' study seeks the input of operational paramedics to measure their confidence in clinical decision-making, and identify additional support for operational clinicians in their decision-making to enhance patient care.

Operational paramedics are frequently confronted with a diverse range of clinical presentations, social considerations, environmental challenges and logistical concerns. The complexity of the patient interaction is further compounded by ever-increasing resource demands and patient flow issues. This has the potential to place a significant burden on the clinical decision-making capacity of paramedics. This research aims to explore the potential benefits or detriments of existing and upcoming decision-making aids.

The aims of the project are to:

• Measure the perceived confidence of operational paramedic in making autonomous clinical decisions.

• Determine the impact of teleconsultation upon paramedic perceived practice or potential impacts where teleconsultation is not utilised.

• Ascertain what services are currently available for paramedics and their perceived benefits to practice.

Participants will be asked to complete a multiple choice question survey. It is estimated this will take no more than 20 minutes.

If you work in Australia or New Zealand as a paramedic/ambulance officer/volunteer ambulance officer and are aged over 18 years of age, you are invited to participate (participation is also open to those who have been non-practising for less than three years).


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