Paramedic views on clinical research in cardiac arrest

Megan Rhys
May 2018

Background:The success of pre-hospital research relies on positive engagement from paramedics. Without adequate participation and protocol compliance, trials will not succeed.Aims:The aims of the current research were to seek feedback from paramedics about trial participation and determine their views and preferences regarding a large-scale research study in future.Methods:Paramedics participating in REVIVE-Airways, a trial of airway management in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, were sent a feedback questionnaire according to their study allocation.Findings:Of the total respondents, 99% were willing to participate in a further large-scale trial. Participants offered recommendations for future pre-hospital trials.Conclusion:There was strong support for further clinical trials of alternative airway management strategies during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Paramedics welcome opportunities to participate in research and receive feedback about trial progress and patient outcomes.

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