Exploring paramedic personality profiles and the relationship with burnout and employment retention: A scoping review

Chloe Betts, Alannah Stoneley, Tara Picker

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Abstract

Background: Paramedics play a pivotal role in delivering emergency medical care, contributing to excellencein the prehospital environment and ensuring a seamless continuum of healthcare. Achieving this objectiveis subject to various factors. This review aims to explore, the relationship between paramedic personalityprofiles and key factors including stress, burnout and employment retention or attrition.Methods: The JBI approach was used to perform a scoping review. Key words including paramedic* , am-bulance* , personalit* , retention OR attrition and burnout OR stress were inserted into the search enginesOVID, CINAHL Plus, Scopus, Web of Science Core Collection, Psychology ProQuest, and Nursing ProQuest.Titles and abstracts of 226 results were screened and inclusion and exclusion criteria applied. Full texts ofthe remaining 18 results were screened to inform the results.Results: Three themes emerged relevant to the objective including the correlation of neuroticism withstress and burnout, personality types and mental illness with the ability to cope during stressful situationsand finally resilience and burnout with the intention to quit.Conclusion: Further research should be completed into specific personality characteristics, including neu-roticism, perfectionism, and excitability to facilitate the development of strategies aimed at improving thehealth and wellbeing of paramedics and EMT workers internationally
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAustralasian Emergency Care
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - May 2024

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