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  • 1. MORE ORAL PRESENTATION Summer School 2010/11 Sandi Dillon - 0008000
  • 2. Why???
    • Physical fitness of ambulance staff – Entering the industry
    • Link between IHD and shift work, bad diet and perceived lack of time
    • Focus on looking after wider community = less focus on individual
    • Majority of information on EMS professionals in the USA or non-specific shift workers.
    • No information specific to ambulance staff in NZ
  • 3. Research Question
    • Is there an increase in modifiable ischemic heart disease risk factors within operational ambulance staff with more than five years experience in New Zealand?
  • 4. Design and Methods
    • Quantitative design – review of existing statistical data
    • External validity – results can be generalized
    • Target population relevance sample population
    • No conscious or unconscious bias is involved in the selection - probability sampling
  • 5. Sample selection
    • Stratification - reduce the chance of sampling error.
    • Alphabetical ordering
    • Systematic sampling will be applied to every tenth name - 200 participants
    • Representation of target population
  • 6. Measurement
  • 7. Confounding Variables
    • Internal validity
    • Non-modifiable IHD risk factors also measured
        • age
        • Gender
        • ethnicity
        • family or personal history of high cholesterol & hypertension
        • Previous personal or family history of IHD
    • Collect statistical data and a coding scheme will be used appropriately
  • 8. Data Analysis
    • Multivariate analysis measures the different modifiable IHD risk factors
    • Open-ended and closed question survey
    • Height and weight = BMI
    • Data will then be displayed using multivariate tables = %
  • 9. Implications
    • Appropriate support from employers
    • Education
    • Measures taken to protect and educate those who help and protect the community
  • 10. References
    • Babbie, E. (2010). The basics of social research (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Centage Learning.
    • Hay, D. R. (2004). Cardiovascular disease in New Zealand (82). Retrieved 05 December, 2010, from
    • Ministry of Health. (2010). Mortality and Demographic Data 2007 . Retrieved 05 December, 2010, from
    • Adam, N. (2009). Palmeston gets new ambulance crew. Retrieved on 08 February, 2010, from