• Challenges UK paramedics currently face in providing fully effective end-of-life care

    by Alan Batt. Last modified: 14/03/14

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    Brady M. Challenges UK paramedics currently face in providing fully effective end-of-life care. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2014 Jan;20(1):37-44. PMID: 24464172.

    Abstract

    Paramedics play an integral part in community end-of-life care (EoLC) in the UK, especially given the lack of out-of-hours cover by palliative care specialists. Despite this, there remain multiple barriers to their fully effective provision of such care. This article provides a brief historical overview of paramedic practice, before highlighting some of the barriers to effective paramedic EoLC provision and introducing examples of collaborative work in the UK that aim to overcome these. The author hopes this will support improvements in paramedic-led EoLC. Given the similarities in the international evolution of paramedic education, readers from other countries will be able to relate to these findings.

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    Brady M. Challenges UK paramedics currently face in providing fully effective end-of-life care. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2014 Jan;20(1):37-44. PMID: 24464172.

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    Alan Batt

    Alan Batt

    Paramedic, educator, researcher
    Alan is a critical care paramedic, paramedic educator and prehospital researcher, currently working around the world as an educator and researcher. He has previously worked and studied across Europe, North America and the Middle East. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies, and an MSc in Critical Care. His main interests are in care of the elderly, end-of-life care, patient safety, professionalism (including role and identity), and paramedic education.

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