|Partnership||In 2020 we formed the UK Canada Emergency calls Data analysis and GEospatial mapping (EDGE) Consortium co-led by McMaster University in Canada and the University of Lincoln with the Community and Health Research unit (CaHRU), the Lincoln International Institute of Rural Health (LIIRH) and School of Geography, University of Leicester, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Niagara Emergency Medical Services.|
|Total funding to date||£30,000|
|Overarching aim||The consortium aims to investigate the epidemiology of 999 ambulance attendances for ambulatory care sensitive and COVID-19 related emergency call in the East Midlands and Ontario, Canada.|
To conduct a comparative analysis of Emergency Medical Systems (ambulance) in the UK (East Midlands) and Canada (Ontario), including:
2. To identify spatial clusters of higher/lower than expected occurrence of single and multiple acute conditions with consideration of socioeconomic and environmental factors.
3. To explore underlying mechanisms and factors that influence the spatial dynamics of emergency presentations.
4. To elucidate pathways and mechanisms that explain the observed single and multimorbidity patterns by analysing multi-scale data, including big spatial data.
5. To explore factors linked with transportation rates for acute presentations in people with underlying or multiple at-risk factors for suspected SARS-COV2 infection (e.g. chronic heart, lung and kidney disease or diabetes).
|Methods||Spatial cluster, statistical and epidemiological analysis.|
|Outcomes||A key outcome will be the development of collaborative partnerships between the UK and Canada involving universities and ambulance services in the East Midlands and Ontario with a focus on rural healthcare.
We will use this pump priming as the basis for submission for external funding to further develop research in this area on a wider scale.
|Outputs||Peer reviewed publications and conference presentations.|
|Impact||We aim to create impact by using the findings to inform future Emergency Medical Services provision and design.|