• 19th Jul 2019

Participate in Research - Paramedic Clinical Decision Making: To transport or scene discharge the patient?


PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH Information for Prospective Participants

Paramedic Clinical Decision Making

To transport or scene discharge the patient?

Research team contacts

Principal Researcher:

  • Dr. Alison Craswell - Co Supervisor

Associate Researchers:

  • A/Prof Bill Lord - Principal Supervisor

  • Alannah Morrison - PhD Student

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Science - University of the Sunshine Coast

What is the purpose of the research?

The aim of this research is to identify and explore the paramedics decision making and theoretically explain how they decide whether to transport the patient to hospital, refer the patient on or to discharge at scene.

Are you looking for people like me?

Participants of this research must be Registered Paramedics in accordance with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) currently employed in a clinical role by the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS). Paramedics currently working on the High Acuity Response Unit or on the Retrieval Helicopter will be excluded from participating.

What will you ask me to do?

Your participation will involve participating in either a face to face or an online focus group of approximately one hour of your time at a time and date to be organized. Participants will then be invited to participate in a one-on-one interview of approximately 1 hour in duration at a time and location of your convenience. Alternatively participants may wish to solely participate in a one on one interview.

Are there any risks for me in taking part?

The research team has identified the following possible risks in relation to participating in this study:

  • The potential to expose participants to re-experiencing events that are both unpleasant and painful.
  • Participants may be concerned about identifying behaviour that does not comply with good practice.

It should be noted that if you do agree to participate you can withdraw from participation in the research project without comment or penalty.

Are there any benefits for me in taking part?

It is expected that this research project will not benefit you immediately. However, participation in this study will help build an increased understanding Paramedic clinical decision making surrounding transport options of patients will enhance education and policy.

I am interested – what should I do next?

You can contact the researcher listed below for details of the next step: Alannah Morrison abrown3@usc.edu.au

You will be provided with further information to ensure that your decision and consent to participate is fully informed.

Thank You!

USC Ethics Approval Number: S191288

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