What is it about?

As paramedics are an essential component in the healthcare system for public health emergency response, this research sought a better understanding of the lived experiences of paramedics throughout the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak. Paramedics from across Canada were invited to participate in an online survey asking about the changes they have experienced as a paramedic since the onset/outbreak of Covid-19 in Canada. Findings resulted in three main themes describing the experiences of paramedics: (1) challenges with change management, (2) changes in day-to-day operations, and (3) implications on mental health.

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Why is it important?

This study offers insights for future pandemic response regarding information dissemination, practitioner involvement in policy and operational changes, and mental health and well-being support needs during and beyond a pandemic.

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This page is a summary of: Challenges and changes with COVID-19: Canadian paramedics' experiences, International Paramedic Practice, September 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/ippr.2022.12.3.45.
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