Exploring the motivation, anxiety levels, experiences, clinical exposure, and satisfaction of paramedic students participating in a study tour to Asia

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Abstract

Introduction
Universities across Australasia are increasingly offering international study opportunities to paramedic students. This study aims toexplore paramedic student’s motivation to participate in a short-term study program in Asia and their anxiety levels prior to travelling.In addition, the research will identify the experiences these students are gaining overseas, develop an inventory of the clinical skillsthey practice, and gauge their satisfaction with an overseas study experience.
Methods
Two groups of 11 paramedic students from Charles Sturt University are travelling to Asia in 2014. One group is touring hospitals andambulance services in Thailand, while the other group is touring hospitals, ambulance services, and a medical university in China. A mixed-methods approach using online questionnaires before and after the trip will be conducted. In addition, focus groups will beconducted after the trips to add richness to the data collected through the surveys. Ethical approval has been granted by the Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee.
Results
The trips are scheduled from the 20 June to the 11 July 2014. Responses to the pre-departure online survey have been strong and we predict a very high return rate.
Conclusion
The outcomes of this research will help inform universities when considering international study tours for paramedic students. Not only will the education and experience value be quantified, but also the student’s motivation and pre-departure anxiety can be betterunderstood and supported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-20
Number of pages1
JournalAustralasian Journal of Paramedicine
Volume11
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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