The Longitudinal Emergency Medical Technician Attributes and Demographics (LEADS) project is the largest national research effort to study EMS professionals over time. Conducted by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT), the original 10-year LEADS project (LEADS I) began in 1999 and concluded in 2008. This study used an annual questionnaire to monitor trends and changes over time among a cohort of nationally certified EMTs and paramedics. This month, Prehospital Disaster Medicine (PDM) has published a special supplement with major findings from this project.
The objective of the LEADS project is to provide insight into the work-life and demographics characteristics of professionals who provide out-of-hospital care to millions of people in times of critical illness or injury throughout the United States. Manuscripts in this PDM supplement include important topics such as racial/ethnic diversity in EMS, recruitment and retention of EMS professionals, compensation, and the health and safety of this critical health care workforce.
Additionally, this PDM special supplement contains results from a national public opinion survey that was conducted as LEADS I was coming to a close. This study sought to describe the public’s beliefs about EMS professionals including the training received, compensation and care provided. The LEADS I investigation and the national assessment of public opinion regarding EMS represent two milestone projects documenting the history of the development of the EMS profession.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for the WADEM Congress 2017. The abstract review process is completed! Acceptance notices were sent by email on 23 December 2016. Take advantage of discounted registration rates before 20 January 2017. The Congress Program at a Glance is now available.
Next year’s Congress will be WADEM’s 20th biennial meeting of global experts to exchange knowledge and best practices on disaster health and preparedness, emergency medicine, and prehospital care. Co-hosted by the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the CBRNE Collaborative, the Congress will take place from 25-28 April 2017 in the vibrant city of Toronto, Canada.