The enclosed scientific abstracts represent final year research proposals of the 2017
graduates who have completed the BSc Hons in Paramedic Studies programme.
Education for ambulance personnel has traditionally followed a vocational model, and
despite a much
wider range of clinical and decision-making skills being introduced in training, typical
academic attributes have not formed part of the traditional pre-hospital curriculum.
As with any fledgling profession, core skills such as research, critical appraisal
of the literature, journal finding and publication of work still comes as alien to
many within the Paramedic arena. In 2015 the Paramedic Studies department of the Graduate
Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, launched the inaugural Paramedic Studies
honours degree in Ireland. As part of the final year project students are required
to identify a research area and prepare a full research proposal, it must of course
be founded on sound scientific principles, be well versed and address a true pre-hospital
This document showcases the abstracts of such proposal for Ireland’s second cohort
of graduates - the 2017 class. Readers should note these are proposals only. Bodies
wishing to support the full development of such proposals are invited to make contact
with the Paramedic Studies department whereby appropriate contacts can be made.
Paramedic Studies, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, Ireland.