Paramedic disaster health management competencies: a scoping review

Horrocks, Peter and Hobbs, Lisa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5706-6674 and Tippett, Vivienne and Aitken, Peter (2017) Paramedic disaster health management competencies: a scoping review. In: Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 April 2017.

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Abstract

Study/Objective:
This scoping review aims to identify, categorise and explore the existing range of paramedic disaster health management competencies that have been developed internationally. The objective of the study is to assist EMS agencies to develop core competencies specific to their own environments in order to standardise teaching in the area of paramedic disaster health management response.

Background:
Paramedics play an essential role in all phases of disaster health management. Previous research has identified potential gaps in content and challenges to the sustainability of knowledge acquired through occasional disaster response training by paramedics. For paramedics to respond competently, they must be equipped with the necessary skills to provide comprehensive care to the populations affected by disasters. Despite this the literature shows that education and training for disaster response is variable and that an evidence based study specifically designed to outline sets of core competencies for Australian paramedics has never been undertaken.

Methods:
A systematic scoping review will be conducted using the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) methodology. The review will use information from four databases: PubMed, MEDLINE, ScienceDirect, and Scopus. Keywords and inclusion and exclusion criteria will be identified as strategies to use in this review.

Results:
Results will be extracted, mapped, and categorised from appropriate studies. The identified core competencies will be sorted into common domains such as communication, operations, planning, logistics, incident command systems and ethics. A descriptive analysis of the results will then be undertaken.

Conclusion:
Further research is needed to develop core competencies specific to Australian paramedics in order to standardise teaching in the area of disaster health management response. This study will assist agencies from all jurisdictions in evaluating or creating disaster curricula that adequately prepares and maintains paramedics for an effective all hazards disaster response.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2021 05:15
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 06:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: competency, disaster management, paramedics
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420309 Health management
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420399 Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/s1049023x17002540
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41145

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