Prehospital Emergency Medical Services Personnel: Comparing Rural and Urban Provider Experience and Provision of Evidence-based Care

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September 2016
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May 2022

Rural populations who reside great distances from hospital emergency departments or urgent care facilities need timely and effective prehospital EMS. Yet rural EMS agencies face significant challenges sustaining adequate staffing and staff competencies. Configuring an agency's workforce to match appropriately trained providers with patient volume and case mix may help maintain high-quality patient care. This project aimed to examine the relationship between the accumulated experience of EMS personnel and provision of evidence-based care, comparing rural and urban EMS systems. Study results inform policy options to improve the quality of prehospital EMS care in rural areas.