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Paramedics and mental illness

  1. 1. N E W Z E A L A N D P A R A M E D I C ’ S V I E W S A N D P E R C E P T I O N S O F T H E I R L E V E L O F T R A I N I N G I N A S S E S S I N G A N D T R E A T I N G M E N T A L L Y I L L P A T I E N T S . Paramedics and Mental Illness
  2. 2. Why I chose this topic for research  Previous ambulance encounters with patients suffering from mental illness  Finding great limitation in New Zealand research in paramedic treatment of mentally ill patients  Wanted to establish how paramedics feel  Research Question: Do paramedics feel they have sufficient training in assessing and treating mentally ill patients?
  3. 3. Why I chose these methods and design  Quantitative approach (closed answer questionnaire)  Questionnaire for increased representativeness  Larger sample size will enable a broad view of current paramedics views.  Easily quantifiable and analyzable data  Possible forerunner for qualitative studies
  4. 4. Why I chose these methods and design  Sample including paramedics from Basic Life support to Advanced Life Support Level  Only including St John Paramedics  Systematic sampling to avoid laborious process of simple random method (every kth number is chosen for the sample)  Stratification used to include paramedics from both rural and metropolitan areas.
  5. 5. Why I chose these methods and design  Sample size 400 paramedics  A 50% response rate will give a sample of 5% of total paramedics.  Practical size for processing  Online questionnaire to increase response rate by ease of completion
  6. 6. Why I chose these methods and design  To avoid different interpretation of the questions. The questions were made clear and specific.  “Sufficiency of training” was defined as whether or not in their opinion the training enabled confidence and an appropriate level of patient care.
  7. 7. How the study will analyse the data  Multivariate analysis to establish relationship between variables, years of experience, authority to practice level, and rural vs metropolitan with the way they feel about levels of training  Univariate to gain overall proportion of paramedics that feel training is sufficient
  8. 8. Implications for practice  Identification of possible area of improvement in pre-hospital patient care  Forrunner to research establishing what training is needed.
  9. 9. references Babbie, E. (2008). The basic of social research 4th ed. Belmont, Ca: Thomson Wadsorth Order of St John. (2010). Ambulance Services. Retrieved 1 September, 2010, from