The publics perception of the prehospital emergency care in the county of Skane, southern Sweden

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Introduction: The prehospital emergency care has had a rapid progress in Sweden in terms of technology, treatments and personnel education demands. In the County of Skane there is at least one specialized nurse in every ambulance. Possible misuses of the resources by the public have been acknowledged.
Aim: To investigate the public’s use, knowledge and expectations of the prehospital emergency care in Skane, southern Sweden.
Method: A cross sectional descriptive survey, using a stratified sampling. Inclusion criteria were: 18 year or older and currently living in Skane.
Results: Of 735 people who were asked 54.4% (n = 400) chose to participate in the study. 44.0% of the respondents had been transported with ambulance. 34.5% of the respondents believed
that the lowest educated personnel responsible for the patient was the paramedic. The results show that the respondents trust the personnel’s knowledge and work skills. Older informants
expected faster treatment by a physician when arriving by ambulance to the hospital, regardless of medical condition.
Conclusion: The public had confidence in the ambulance personnel’s knowledge, ability to make assessment and give treatment despite not being updated on the current competence of the personnel. A positive experience of contact with the ambulance service was distinct.


  • Kristina Blomstedt
  • Helena Nilsson
  • Anders Johansson
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  • No affiliation available (private)
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


  • Prehospital emergency care, Public opinion, Knowledge, Expectations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-142
JournalInternational Emergency Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch