(A280) Integrating Paramedics into the Health System??? Israel as a Case Study Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Background Since its development in the 1970s, the paramedic profession has tried to expend its traditional role of providing prehospital emergency care in ambulances into new fields of practice (eg community care). Paramedics in Israel are employed almost exclusively in the emergency medical services (EMS). Similar to other countries, the manpower shortage in the Israeli health system forced policy-makers to consider the expansion of traditional roles of various healthcare professions including paramedics. Objectives This presentation seeks to:(1) map the current situation and challenges facing paramedics in Israel;(2) examine paramedics' professional status among policy-makers; and (3) examine the best way to integrate paramedics in the Israeli health-system. Methods Qualitative interviews were conducted with 20 senior policy-makers in the Israeli EMS system …

publication date

  • May 1, 2011