An Introduction to EMS Research

An Introduction to EMS Research

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For providers of all levels who are interested in research or taking an EMS Research course.

The only EMS-specific research book on the market, this primer is perfect as a guide for the EMS professional-whether a field provider, educator or administrator-who is interested in research. The text guides students step-by-step through the research process.
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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 230 x 276 x 16mm | 359.99g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 013018683X
  • 9780130186836

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An Introduction to EMS Research The " only " EMS-specific research book, this resource is the perfect guide for all EMS professionals, whether a field provider, educator, administrator, or student. Research has always been essential in scientific documentation. As its role in the EMS field increasingly becomes an important issue, this is the guide to work you through the process. Beginning with the reasons why research is essential, through the design and actual research process, " An Introduction to EMS Research " uses a step-by-step approach to guide readers through a complete overview. Written by an interdisciplinary team of respected researchers in the field, features include: A highly readable presentation of information. Ongoing end-of-chapter scenarios that increase in detail throughout. A complete chapter on data analysis. A step-by-step approach that walks the user through the process so they can become comfortable with the correct procedures.
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Table of contents


1. Why Do We Need EMS Research?
2. The Research Process.

3. Choosing a Research Topic.
4. Conducting a Literature Search.
5. Defining the Question and Formulating a Hypothesis.

6. Determining the Type of Study.
7. Developing the Methods.
8. Consulting a Statistician and Performing a Power Calculation.

9. Ethical Considerations and IRB Approval.
10. Getting Colleagues On-Board.

11. Conducting a Pilot Study.
12. Implementing the Study and Collecting Data.
13. Describing and Analyzing the Data.
14. Reporting the Findings.

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.
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About Elizabeth A. Criss

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 involved in research work has become one of his primary missions. In 1998 Lawrence moved to Syracuse, New York, where he spends too much time working and not enough time sailing.

Liz Criss, RN, CEN, MEd began her career as a research assistant in the Section of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona in 1983. She moved into prehospital research in 1984 and has devoted the last 17 years to prehospital research, education, and system development. In addition to prehospital research, she works with the Emergency Department of University Medical Center. Liz still lives in Arizona with her husband of 25 years, two grown children, her dogs, and a small flock of pink flamingos.

Heramba Prasad, MD, FACEP has had extensive EMS experience in three different states: Illinois, New York, and North Carolina. He has published a number of EMS-related papers and one previous textbook. In 1997, after 10 years as an academic emergency physician, Heramba took a brief hiatus to work in the community hospital setting. In 1999 he saw the error of his ways and moved to central New York, where he again practices academic emergency medicine, owns a horse farm, and claims to be a gentleman farmer.
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