An Introduction to EMS Research by Lawrence H. Brown

An Introduction to EMS Research

byLawrence H. Brown, Elizabeth A. Criss, N. Heramba Prasad

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The only EMS-specific research book on the market, this introductory book guides readers step-by-step through the research process. It presents an ongoing case study that progresses chapter-by-chapter, illustrating all the steps of the process—from beginning to end—and allowing readers to follow a project from beginning to end. Deciding What to Study. Designing the Study. Interactions With Others. Conducting the Research. For paramedics of all levels who are interested in conducting EMS research.

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Lawrence Brown, EMT-P began his career as a volunteer with the Perquimans County Rescue Squad in Hertford, North Carolina. In 1991 he joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at East Carolina University as an EMS instructor, and he quickly became involved in a number of research projects. Since then, getting EMS providers involv...
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Title:An Introduction to EMS ResearchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.1 × 6.9 × 0.6 inPublished:September 27, 2001Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Many people never read the preface to a book. Having now written a book, we have a better understanding of the role of the preface. We’ll probably read more of them; we hope you read this one. This will not be the last research book you ever need to buy. Any one of the chapters in this book could, in and of itself, be the subject of an entire text. Some could be the subject for an entire college course, an entire semester of study, or even an entire graduate program. This book is not designed to teach everybody everything that there is to know about EMS research. It is a primer, an introduction to the research process, particularly in our area of interest: EMS. While it is intended as a guide for the EMS professional—whether a field provider, educator, or administrator—who has an interest in research, it may also be useful to nonEMS individuals. This book is intended to provide a general understanding of the research process, to provide pearls of wisdom about and to identify pitfalls in EMS investigations, and to help the fledgling investigator begin the journey to becoming an EMS researcher. It is also designed to help experienced researchers—whether physicians, social scientists, basic scientists, or others—who are new to the realm of EMS research. In writing this book, we struggled with our own grammatical shortcomings. We would have preferred to address you, the reader, directly: to tell you what you should do, how you should do it, and what to look out for. However, it must be recognized that appropriate grammar does not allow for the use of such a direct, personal approach. Thus, the authors have written this text in the distant but proper voice that one might find quite difficult to read. We’re not very good at that, and we apologize in advance. If you truly want to become an EMS researcher, there is at least one thing more important than buying and reading this book. You must have a good mentor. While this book can provide you with basic information about the research process and some insight into the world of EMS research, becoming a researcher is not an endeavor you should undertake alone. You would have never considered becoming an EMT by simply reading Brady’s Emergency Care and then hitting the streets. You can’t become a researcher that way, either. Finding a mentor isn’t as hard as you might think, and it’s one of the issues addressed in the appendixes of this book. Welcome to the world of EMS research. It’s been our home for many years, it’s a great place, and we love it here. We hope you will, too. —Lawrence, Liz, and Heramba

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Many people never read the preface to a book. Having now written a book, we have a better understanding of the role of the preface. We'll probably read more of them; we hope you read this one. This will not be the last research book you ever need to buy. Any one of the chapters in this book could, in and of itself, be the subject of an entire text. Some could be the subject for an entire college course, an entire semester of study, or even an entire graduate program. This book is not designed to teach everybody everything that there is to know about EMS research. It is a primer, an introduction to the research process, particularly in our area of interest: EMS. While it is intended as a guide for the EMS professional—whether a field provider, educator, or administrator—who has an interest in research, it may also be useful to non-EMS individuals. This book is intended to provide a general understanding of the research process, to provide pearls of wisdom about and to identify pitfalls in EMS investigations, and to help the fledgling investigator begin the journey to becoming an EMS researcher. It is also designed to help experienced researchers—whether physicians, social scientists, basic scientists, or others—who are new to the realm of EMS research. In writing this book, we struggled with our own grammatical shortcomings. We would have preferred to address you, the reader, directly: to tell you what you should do, how you should do it, and what to look out for. However, it must be recognized that appropriate grammar does not allow for the use of such a direct, personal approach. Thus, the authors have written this text in the distant but proper voice that one might find quite difficult to read. We're not very good at that, and we apologize in advance. If you truly want to become an EMS researcher, there is at least one thing more important than buying and reading this book. You must have a good mentor. While this book can provide you with basic information about the research process and some insight into the world of EMS research, becoming a researcher is not an endeavor you should undertake alone. You would have never considered becoming an EMT by simply reading Brady's Emergency Care and then hitting the streets. You can't become a researcher that way, either. Finding a mentor isn't as hard as you might think, and it's one of the issues addressed in the appendixes of this book. Welcome to the world of EMS research. It's been our home for many years, it's a great place, and we love it here. We hope you will, too. —Lawrence, Liz, and Heramba

Table of Contents

I. BASICS.

 1. Why Do We Need EMS Research?

 2. The Research Process.

II. DECIDING WHAT TO STUDY.

 3. Choosing a Research Topic.

 4. Conducting a Literature Search.

 5. Defining the Question and Formulating a Hypothesis.

III. DESIGNING THE STUDY.

 6. Determining the Type of Study.

 7. Developing the Methods.

 8. Consulting a Statistician and Performing a Power Calculation.

IV. INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS.

 9. Ethical Considerations and IRB Approval.

10. Getting Colleagues On-Board.

V. CONDUCTING THE RESEARCH.

11. Conducting a Pilot Study.

12. Implementing the Study and Collecting Data.

13. Describing and Analyzing the Data.

14. Reporting the Findings.

APPENDICES.

Appendix 1. Frequently Asked Questions.

Appendix 2. Glossary.

Appendix 3. Mentor Organizations and Scientific Meetings.

Appendix 4. EMS Related Journals.

Appendix 5. Literature Search Software.

Appendix 6. Statistical Analysis Software.

Appendix 7. Cited Literature and Suggested Reading.

Index.