What’s in a name? The confusion in nomenclature of low-acuity specialist roles in paramedicine

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Long, David N., Clark, M., Lim, D. and Devenish, S.. 2016. "What’s in a name? The confusion in nomenclature of low-acuity specialist roles in paramedicine." Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 13 (3), pp. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.33151/ajp.13.3.518
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What’s in a name? The confusion in nomenclature of low-acuity specialist roles in paramedicine

ERA Journal ID13631
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLong, David N. (Author), Clark, M. (Author), Lim, D. (Author) and Devenish, S. (Author)
Journal TitleAustralasian Journal of Paramedicine
Journal Citation13 (3), pp. 1-3
Article Number3
Number of Pages3
Year2016
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1447-4999
2202-7270
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.33151/ajp.13.3.518
Web Address (URL)https://ajp.paramedics.org/index.php/ajp/article/view/518
Abstract

A significant paradigm shift in the care of non-urgent, low-acuity patients by paramedics has been gathering momentum over the last two decades. However the current nomenclature to define paramedics who specialise in the low-acuity setting is confusing, inconsistent and arguably misrepresentative. This commentary contends that two discernible paradigms lie along the spectra of low-acuity service delivery in paramedicine and argues that the nomenclature should also reflect this difference. Consistency in nomenclature has implications for the evolving professionalism in paramedicine and the movement towards national registration.

Keywordsparamedicine; nomenclatureambulance; Australia and New Zealand; Editorial; emergency ward; follow up; health care delivery; health care need; health education; health promotion; human; North America; paramedical personnel; practice guideline; professionalism; United Kingdom; United States
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020320219. Paramedicine
Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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