Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM) is a peer-reviewed health and medical journal that has been published for more than thirty years. PDM is sponsored by, and the official publication of, the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM). The journal is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of WADEM. The principal mission of PDM is the distribution of information relevant to the practice of out-of-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical care, disaster medicine, and emergency public health and safety.
PDM provides an international forum for the reporting and discussion of scientific studies, both quantitative and qualitative, that have relevance to the above practices. It is one of the few journals that maintain a global perspective in the publication of disaster health and emergency medical information. During the past two years, manuscripts submitted by authors from thirty-one countries have been published.
PDM is currently indexed by the US National Library of Medicine in the PubMed database, SCOPUS (Science Citation Index Journal and Country Rank), and the ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index) of the Thomson Reuters Web of Science. To assure highest standards in publication of scientific content, PDM supports and follows international standards for peer review of all material that may be used as an authoritative citation or reference. PDM is a signatory with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
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. 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.