Has the proportion of EMS-related research authored by paramedics changed during the last 10 years?

Hertelendy, Attila, and Brown, Lawrence (2009) Has the proportion of EMS-related research authored by paramedics changed during the last 10 years? Journal of Emergency Medical Services, 34 (3). pp. 62-64.

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Abstract

Introduction: For the past 15 to 20 years, the Prehospital Care Research Forum, National Association of EMS Physicians and National Association of EMS Educators have promoted the expansion of EMS research, including research conducted by EMS professionals. This study was undertaken to determine whether the proportion of EMS research authored by EMS professionals has increased over the past decade.

Hypothesis: The proportion of EMS-related original research that has an EMS professional listed as an author did not change between 1997 and 2007.

Methods: Seven leading emergency medicine/EMS journals (Annals of Emergency Medicine , Academic Emergency Medicine, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, The Journal of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine and Prehospital Emergency Care) were hand searched to identify EMS-related original research published in 1997 and 2007. Editorials, commentaries, reviews and other non-research articles were excluded. Data gathered included whether the first author, or any author, had EMS credentials listed; however, MD/EMT-P or similar physician credentials were not considered an EMS professional. The frequency of first authors and any author having EMS credentials for the two study years were compared using chi-square, with p<.05 considered statistically significant.

Results: In 1997, the seven journals published 405 original research articles, of which 93 (22.9%) were EMS-related. Thirty-four (36.6%) of those had at least one author with EMS credentials. For 14 (15.1%), the first author had EMS credentials. In 2007, the seven journals published 556 original research articles, of which 85 (15.3%) were EMS-related. Of those, 27 (31.7%) had at least one author with EMS credentials. Four (4.7%) had a first author with EMS credentials. The proportion of articles with at least one EMS professional author did not change significantly between the 10-year period; however, the proportion of articles with an EMS professional as first author was significantly smaller in 2007 than in 1997 (X2=5.23, p=.02).

Conclusions: Although the proportion of EMS-related research articles with an EMS professional listed as an author has not changed over the past decade, the proportion with an EMS professional listed as the first author has decreased significantly. This finding requires further investigation.

Item ID: 5342
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
Keywords: emergency medical services; paramedics; research
Additional Information:

Selected abstracts for presentation at the 27th Annual EMS Today Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, March 24–28, 2009.

ISSN: 0197-2510
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2009 01:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110305 Emergency Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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