Emergency care practitioners in the NHS in the UK

Added June 23, 2020

Citation: Hill H, McMeekin P, Price C. A systematic review of the activity and impact of emergency care practitioners in the NHS. Emergency Medicine Journal. 2014 Oct 1;31(10):853-60.

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What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare services and workers. Existing research on the impact of using emergency care practitioners for healthcare delivery might provide useful information for policy makers.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for research evaluating the impact of prehospital and secondary care emergency care practitioners on healthcare delivery, effectiveness of practice and resource use in the NHS in the UK. They did not restrict their searches by date, type or language of publication and did the search in August 2012. They included 21 studies.

What was found: Prehospital emergency care practitioners were beneficial for patient-reported quality of care, cost-savings and reducing avoidable emergency referral.

The performance and quality of care delivery was comparable between emergency care practitioners and traditional practitioners.  

The effectiveness of emergency care practitioners on care delivery and costs across the entire patient episode and on attendances is uncertain.


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