"The provision of prehospital (EMS) care has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. Many have questioned the value of the range of EMS services currently provided. There is a persistent concern about the lack of proof of effectiveness related to most EMS care. Clinical effectiveness studies to address EMS outcomes research require the development of sophisticated case-severity and effectiveness measures. Outcomes research will allow future generations of Americans to have an EMS system that provides both quality and cost-effective EMS care. This report describes a project that has laid the foundation for these clinical effectiveness studies to take place. This project developed a 'blueprint' or 'set of tools' that EMS practitioners can use to evaluate the effectiveness of EMS, or prehospital, care."
DOT HS 809 603
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