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Attitudes and perceptions of paramedics about end-of-life care: a literature review

Attitudes and perceptions of paramedics about end-of-life care: a literature review

Pentaris, Panagiotis ORCID: 0000-0001-5593-8555 and Mehmet, Nevin (2019) Attitudes and perceptions of paramedics about end-of-life care: a literature review. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 11 (5). pp. 206-215. ISSN 1759-1376 (Print), 2041-9457 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.12968/jpar.2019.11.5.206)

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Abstract

Background:
Paramedics must be prepared to respond to crises in which a threat to a patient's health may result in death. They are therefore highly involved with end-of-life care.

Aims:
Involvement with end-of-life care is the context in which this paper examines how paramedics perceive and respond to this part of their role.

Methods:
This is a systematic literature review that examines current evidence.

Findings:
Five themes emerged, which suggest that paramedics are not prepared to work with crisis situations involving the end of patients' lives: emotional resilience; decision making; communicating death; recognising dying patients; and death education.

Conclusion:
The current review concludes that the dearth of data is not preventing improvements in services, nor education and training, in this field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: end of life; paramedics; emergency care; dying; emergency staff; perceptions; death
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Applied Sociology Research Group
Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education & Health > Health & Society Research Group
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 10:32
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/23935

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