Community First Responders: scoping review, qualitative study and database study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes (CFR study)

PROJECT TITLE Community First Responders: scoping review, qualitative study and database study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes (CFR study)
Funding body College of Social Science
Total funding  £2,721 awarded to Dr Murray Smith
  • Viet-Hai Phung, CaHRU, University of Lincoln
  • Ian Trueman, School of Health and Social Care, University of Lincoln
  • Dr Murray Smith, CaHRU, University of Lincoln
  • Dr Simon Topham, LIVES
  • John Norman, LIVES
  • Robert Spaight, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Prof Niro Siriwardena, CaHRU, University of Lincoln
  • University of Lincoln
Overarching aim The overarching aim is to explore the role of the Community First Responder (CFR), to assess the effect of CFRs on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes and to propose recommendations to the service and role.
Objectives The objectives of these studies are to conduct a:

  • Systematic scoping review of published research into CFR schemes.
  • Qualitative study to:
  1. Elicit the experience of the CFR in carrying out their role
  2. Explore the CFRs’ perceptions of the service
  3. Map the risks to health and psychological well-being of CFRs
  4. Identify the training required to carry out the CFR role
  5. Understand the support needs of the CFR
  • Develop a dataset to investigate patient care given by community first responders in out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
Methods Multimethods: systematic scoping review, qualitative interviews, database (cross-sectional) study
  • Partnerships: a key outcome will be the development of collaborative partnerships both regionally and nationally.  The study will be important in providing capacity development for future research into prehospital and rural healthcare provision.
  • Future funding bids: 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.
  • Recommendations: will be produced for the development of CFR role and service.
Outputs Peer reviewed publications:

Conference presentations:

  • Phung VH,Trueman I, Togher F, Orner R, Siriwardena AN. Perceptions and experiences of community first responders on their role and relationships: qualitative interview study. In: 999 EMS Research Forum Conference 2018, 26 – 27 March 2018, Stirling, Scotland, UK.
  • Phung VH,Trueman I, Togher F, Orner R, Siriwardena AN. The perceptions and experiences of being Community First Responders: an interview study in the UK. In: Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress, 8-10 September 2017, Corinthia Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • We aim to create impact by using the findings to inform the future development and delivery of the role and service that could lead to improved health outcomes that can have a significant positive impact on quality of life in emergency situations.
  • Contribution to the 2016 national strategy for CFR schemes across England.
  • A further impact to developing the service and role will be a potential reduction in hospital admissions and inappropriate use of emergency ambulance.



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