Exploring undergraduate paramedic students’ understanding and experiences of person-centred care while on practice placement

Lorraine McAteer, Donna Brown

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To explore paramedic students’ understanding and experience of the perceived facilitators and barriers to implementing person-centred care in urgent and emergency practice-based placement situations.
To explore paramedic students’ understanding of this concept and how it may be applied to clinical practice.
A non-probability convenience sample of participants was drawn from a second-year undergraduate Bachelor of Science (Hons) programme in Paramedic Science, at a United Kingdom university. The programme was underpinned by the Person-centred Practice Framework. Undergraduate paramedic students participated in face-to-face, audio-recorded, semi-structured interviews. A qualitative reflexive thematic analysis was then conducted to identify themes arising from the data.
Ten participants were interviewed. Four key themes emerged from the data: (1) realising person-centred prerequisites which have two sub-themes – curriculum and reality of practice, (2) challenge of high-acuity calls, (3) developing a rapport with vulnerable people and, (4) factors in the macro environment.
Paramedic students witnessed moments of person-centred practice and were enabled to reflect on their learning experiences in positive ways, by working with paramedics/practice educators. However, their person-centred ideals were constantly challenged as students negotiated to work in complex, dynamic situations and in a health system under pressure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
Early online date20 May 2024
Publication statusPublished online - 20 May 2024

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  • Paramedic students,
  • Person-centred care
  • Practice-based placement
  • curriculum
  • qualitative research
  • paramedic students
  • practice-based placement
  • person-centred care


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