Effective clinical feedback provision to ambulance clinicians: a literature review
Monday, March 2, 2020
Clinical feedback provision to health professionals is advocated to benefit both clinical development and work engagement.
This literature review aims to develop recommendations for effective clinical feedback provision by examining mechanisms that exist specifically for ambulance clinicians.
A systematic search of contemporary literature identified 15 research papers and four articles, which were included for review and narrative synthesis.
The initial identification of practice that requires improvement, together with an understanding of the practitioners' baseline attitudes, is important. While minimising resource demands will improve sustainability, repeated interaction with clinicians will benefit effectiveness. Provision should be balanced and timely, and who delivers feedback is significant. Clinical outcome feedback not restricted to specific conditions requires further consideration of which incidents will initiate feedback and what information will be supplied.
Feedback has been shown to improve clinical performance but demonstrating subsequent benefits to patient outcomes has proved more difficult.
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