The experience of community first responders in co-producing rural health care: in the liminal gap between citizen and professional

Anne Roberts, Amy Nimegeer, Jane Farmer, David J Heaney

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Abstract

The involvement of community first responders (CFRs) in medical emergencies in Scotland, and particularly in remote and rural areas, has expanded rapidly in recent years in response to geographical and organisational challenges of emergency medical service access. In 2013 there were over 120 active or developing schemes in a wide variety of settings. Community first responders are volunteers trained in First Person on the Scene (FPOS) first aid, administered prior to the arrival of an ambulance. Although there is limited literature which describes the role of first response, little academic literature has been published about the complexities of their specific role in both the community and organisational contexts
Original languageEnglish
Article number460
JournalBMC Health Services Research
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • rural health
  • emergency medicine
  • volunteering
  • first response

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