Evaluating and optimizing the design of clinical decision support for paramedics in the field
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Misasi, Paul, Gisick, Logan and Leverenz, Tiffany. 2017. Evaluating and optimizing the design of clinical decision support for paramedics in the field--In Proceedings: 13th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.86
Millions of people call upon emergency medical services each year to access the healthcare system by ambulance. Nearly every moment of every day, paramedics across the globe respond to provide medical care in austere environments with limited access to the tools, diagnostics, and technologies available to clinicians in the hospital setting. As such, these clinicians rely heavily upon their clinical skills and predetermined decision support, or protocols, which are prescribed by a medical directorate. These protocols usually take a paper form and can be extensive. To date, there has not been any kind of empirical review of these clinical decision tools and whether their design supports or impairs their utility and usability. Our novel investigation seeks to answer these questions and evaluate the effectiveness of redesigned protocol displays informed by research in other domains as well as user profile analyses of providers in two different Kansas EMS Systems.
Presented to the 13th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State University, April 28, 2017.
Research completed in the Department of Psychology, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Service