Exploring factors increasing Paramedics’ likelihood of administering Analgesia in pre-hospital pain (ExPLAIN)

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PROJECT TITLE EXPLORING FACTORS INCREASING PARAMEDICS’ LIKELIHOOD OF ADMINISTERING ANALGESIA IN PREHOSPITAL PAIN (ExPLAIN)
Funding body Falck Foundation, Denmark
Total funding €33,000
Team
  • Prof A N Siriwardena, CaHRU, University of Lincoln and East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Dr Zahid Asghar, CaHRU, University of Lincoln
  • Dr Bill Lord, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Ms Theresa Foster, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Ms Helen Pocock, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Prof Julia Williams, University of Hertforshire
  • Prof Helen Snooks, Swansea University
Team/consortium
  • University of Lincoln
  • East Midlands, East of England and South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trusts
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Hertforshire
  • Swansea University
Overarching aim To investigate patient and practitioner factors affecting paramedic pain management practice in adult patients attended by ambulance services.
Objectives To investigate whether paramedic initiated analgesia differs according to factors such as the age, sex, ethnicity or type of pain of the adult patient and paramedic factors such as sex or role seniority.
Methods Cross sectional design
Outcomes We will use a multilevel design, using a regression model to investigate which factors are independently associated with pain assessment scoring, administration of analgesia and reduction in pain.
Outputs Peer reviewed publications, conference presentations and guidelines for ambulance services.
Impact The findings will be used to inform recommendations to improve the rate and quality of acute pain relief provided by Paramedics to adult patients receiving emergency care from ambulance services and to reduce inappropriate and unintended variations in care.

 

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