Paramedics have untapped potential to address social determinants of health in Canada
The role of paramedics, including select paramedics providing primary and preventive care in homes and community settings, is evolving in health systems around the world. These developments are associated with improvements in health outcomes, improved access to services and reduced emergency department use. Building on these existing trends in paramedicine, and because social conditions contribute to illness and are strong predictors of future health service use, addressing patients' social needs should be integrated into core paramedic practice in Canada. We discuss how paramedic education, culture and governance could better enable paramedics to address the social determinants of health.
Allana A, Pinto AD. Paramedics have untapped potential to address social determinants of health in Canada. Healthc Policy. 2021 Feb;16(3):67-75. doi: 10.12927/hcpol.2021.26432. PMID: 33720825; PMCID: PMC7957353.