Case reports educate professionals on how to better manage difficult or unusual situations, and dispatch professionals have access to more unique and/or complex calls than anyone else. If you have a call that you think could be used to further the dispatch profession, consider writing a case report and sending it to us! This detailed guide will walk you through how to do that step-by-step.
How do I understand a research paper?
- Has someone else already done the research I am thinking about doing?
- What have other people found out about the topic I’m interested in?
- How have other people conducted similar studies?
- What are the seminal, or most important, papers in this area of research that I should be citing?
- What limitations, difficulties, or barriers have others encountered in doing similar research?
The question you are trying to answer determines, to a large extent, what part or parts of the research paper you’ll be most interested in reading. Here are the major sections.
Learn more about each of the sections and what you can gain from reading (or skimming) each of them.
What is the Difference Between Qualitative and Quantitative Research?
|TOPIC||QUANTITATIVE STUDY EXAMPLE||QUALITATIVE STUDY EXAMPLE|
|Effect of cardiac arrest on neurological function||How do patients who have survived cardiac arrest perform on verbal and math tests following the arrest, compared to a matched group with no arrest?||How do patients who have survived cardiac arrest perceive their ability levels in daily activities after their recovery, compared to their ability levels prior to the arrest?|
|How does shift work affect dispatcher decision making?||How often do dispatchers make Chief Complaint selection errors after two weeks on alternating shifts (as measured by QA review), as opposed to dispatchers on a steady day shift schedule?||What types of changes do dispatchers feel in their levels of alertness and attention span after two weeks on a schedule of alternating day-night shfits?|
|What are the most time-critical types of medical events?||For each event type, how often do the responders arriving on scene transport the patient to the hospital with lights and siren?||Which types of events do patients and callers report feeling most anxious about while waiting for responders?|