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

Long, David N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6278-7377 and Clark, Michele and Lim, David and 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):3. pp. 1-3. ISSN 2202-7270


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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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2021 00:36
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 06:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: paramedicine; nomenclature ambulance; Australia and New Zealand; Editorial; emergency ward; follow up; health care delivery; health care need; health education; health promotion; human; North America; paramedical personnel; practice guideline; professionalism; United Kingdom; United States
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320219 Paramedicine
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.33151/ajp.13.3.518
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39283

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