An Evidence Synthesis Working Group (ESWG) study summary has been developed by research led by University of Oxford DPhil student Georgette Eaton. The systematic review 'The potential contribution of paramedics in primary and urgent care' provides an overview of the types of clinical roles paramedics are undertaking.
The resesarch found that paramedics working in primary care operate under a variety of titles. They worked in diverse clinical environments and their role reportedly decreased GP workload by assessing and treating urgent, non-complex patients. In some cases, however, issues with patient management and supervision extended consultation times and increased GP workload.
The study was published in the BJGP: Contribution of paramedics in primary and urgent care: a systematic review. Georgette Eaton, Geoff Wong, Veronika Williams, Nia Roberts, Kamal R Mahtani.