Between Space and Place: Exploring Scenes of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Care

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Date created: 
2014-09-15
Identifier: 
etd8676
Keywords: 
Paramedics, paramedic, BCAS, ambulance, space, emergency medicine, place, clinical ethnography, medical,
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Background: Current scholarship regarding space and place has largely neglected emergency medicine in pre-hospital contexts. The process through which paramedics operate within between spaces is an unexplored concept, and one that has the potential to impact applied pre-hospital practice. Question: How do paramedics practice across unpredictable spaces? Theoretical Orientation: This study will be conducted as a clinical ethnography, applying Foucauldian and Spatial Practice theory towards the analysis of space. Methods: This study will be conducted through (1) participant observation of paramedic practice, (2) semi-formal interviews with paramedics while on shift, in specific and limited contexts, and (3) in depth debriefing interviews following initial observation and preliminary analysis. Significance: The proposed research will be the first to explore the concept of space in paramedic contexts, and represents a unique investigation of the use of space in emergency contexts.

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Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Cindy Patton
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Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.
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