Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-78bd46657c-6x4lw Total loading time: 0.125 Render date: 2021-05-08T23:47:31.734Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "metricsAbstractViews": false, "figures": false, "newCiteModal": false, "newCitedByModal": true }

Developing a Canadian emergency medical services research agenda: a baseline study of stakeholder opinions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 March 2015

Katie N. Dainty
Affiliation:
Rescu, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Jan L. Jensen
Affiliation:
Emergency Health Services, Division of EMS, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Blair L. Bigham
Affiliation:
Rescu, York Region Emergency Medical Services, Sharon, ON
Ian E. Blanchard
Affiliation:
Alberta Health Services EMS, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary AB
Lawrence H. Brown
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia
Alix J.E. Carter
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia
Doug Socha
Affiliation:
Rescu, Hastings–Quinte EMS, Hastings County, ON
Laurie J. Morrison
Affiliation:
Rescu, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Corresponding
E-mail address:

Abstract

Purpose:

This study forms the first phase in the development of the Canadian National EMS Research Agenda. The purpose was to understand the current state of emergency medical services (EMS) research through the barriers and opportunities perceived by key stakeholders in the Canadian system and to identify the recommendations this group had for moving forward.

Methods:

This qualitative study was conducted in the spring of 2011 using one-on-one semistructured telephone interviews. Purposeful sampling was used to recruit a cross section of EMS research stakeholders, representing a breadth of geographic regions and roles. Data were collected until thematic saturation was reached. A constant comparative approach was used to develop a basic coding framework and identify emerging themes.

Results:

Twenty stakeholders were invited to participate, and saturation was reached after 13 interviews. Thematic saturation was used to ensure that the findings were grounded in the data. Four major themes were identified: 1) the need for additional research education within EMS; 2) the importance of creating an infrastructure to support pan-Canadian research collaboration; 3) addressing the complexities of involving EMS providers in research; and 4) considerations for a national research agenda.

Conclusion:

This hypothesis-generating study reveals key areas regarding EMS research in Canada and through the guidance it provides is a first step in the development of a comprehensive national research agenda. Our intention is to collate the identified themes with the results of a larger roundtable discussion and Delphi survey and, in doing so, guide development of a Canadian national EMS research agenda.

Type
Original Research • Recherche originale
Copyright
Copyright © Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians 2013

References

1.Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada. The future of EMS in Canada: defining the new road ahead. 2006. Available at: http://www.emscc.ca/docs/EMS-Strategy-Document.pdf (accessed April 13, 2012).Google Scholar
2.Jensen, JL, Blanchard, IE, Bigham, BL, et al. Methodology for the development of a Canadian national EMS research agenda. BMC Emerg Med 2011;11:15, doi:10.1186/1471-227X-11-15.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
3.Greenhalgh, T, Russell, J, Swinglehurst, D. Narrative methods in quality improvement research. Qual Saf Health Care 2005;14:443–9, doi:10.1136/qshc.2005.014712.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
4.Daly, J, Kellehear, A, Gliksman, M. The public health researcher: a methodological approach. Melbourne (Australia): Oxford University Press; 1997.Google Scholar
5.Crabtree, B, Miller, W. A template approach to text analysis: developing and using codebooks. In: Crabtree, B, Miller, W, editors. Doing qualitative research. Newbury Park (CA): Sage; 1999. p. 163–77.Google Scholar
6.Fereday, J, Muir-Cochrane, E. Demonstrating rigor using thematic analysis: a hybrid approach of inductive and deductive coding and theme development. Int J Qual Methods 2006;5(1):8092.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
7.Sandelowski, M. Whatever happened to qualitative description? Res Nurs Health 2000;23:334–40, doi:10.1002/1098-240X(200008)23:4,<334::AID-NUR9>3.0.CO;2-G.3.0.CO;2-G>CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
8.Sayre, MR, White, LJ, Brown, LH, et al. National EMS research agenda. Prehosp Emerg Care 2002;6(3 Suppl):S1-43.doi:10.3109/10903120209102681.Google ScholarPubMed
9.Tippett, V, Clark, M, Woods, S, et al. Towards a national research agenda for the ambulance and pre-hospital sector in Australia. J Emerg Prim Health Care 2003;1(1–2):990007.Google Scholar
10.Valiga, TM, Ironside, PM. Crafting a national agenda for nursing education research. J Nurs Educ 2012;51:36, doi:10.3928/01484834-20111213-01.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
11.Lenaway, D, Halverson, P, Sotnikov, S, et al. Public health systems research: setting a national agenda. Am J Public Health 2006;96:410–3, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2004.046037.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
12.Schroedel, JG, Watson, D, Ashmore, DH. A national research agenda for the postsecondary education of deaf and hard of hearing students: a road map for the future. Am Ann Deaf 2003;148:6773, doi:10.1353/aad.2003.0014.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
13.Given, LM, editor. The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods - Vol.2. Thousand Oaks (CA): Sage; 2008.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
You have Access

Send article to Kindle

To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Developing a Canadian emergency medical services research agenda: a baseline study of stakeholder opinions
Available formats
×

Send article to Dropbox

To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

Developing a Canadian emergency medical services research agenda: a baseline study of stakeholder opinions
Available formats
×

Send article to Google Drive

To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

Developing a Canadian emergency medical services research agenda: a baseline study of stakeholder opinions
Available formats
×
×

Reply to: Submit a response


Your details


Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *