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How to Understand Traumatic Stress in EMS

A psychology Ph.D. student asked the EMS sub-Reddit for help to better understand the EMS profession. Reddit user sandel23 is “looking to do my dissertation on the effects of traumatic exposure within EMS occupations” and wants to learn more about shift schedules, frequency to difficult calls, coping strategies and the most stressful aspects of the job to better design a research study.

I completed research methods at the dawn of the Internet age. But since I have a few thoughts, I am making myself an ad hoc member of sandel23’s dissertation committee. Here is how sandel23 can understand EMS and the potential scope of traumatic stress.

Read the full story on EMS1: Student advice: 7 ways to understand EMS traumatic stress

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.