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Post–Clinical Trial Survey of Emergency Medical Services Providers: Research Experience and Attitudes

      Although medical research has a long history, emergency medical services (EMS) research is still in its infancy, with very few EMS systems having been scientifically scrutinized. Modern EMS practices have been founded on reasonable assumptions governing care. Designing EMS research can be complicated by time constraints, care priorities, limited provider research experience, and challenges of obtaining informed consent. Despite these drawbacks, consumers and healthcare providers are demanding greater use of “evidence-based” protocols and procedures.
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