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Karen Pearson and George Shaler awarded for paramedicine research

Karen Pearson and George Shaler

USM’s Karen Pearson and George Shaler have been honored by the Journal for Health and Human Service Administration for their research on paramedicine in Maine.

Earlier this year, the researchers were awarded “Best Paper” honors and recently received their plaques from the journal.

Their article was the result of a state-funded project to examine the twelve community paramedicine pilot programs in Maine, compiling lessons learned from their initial implementation and data collection efforts to help inform future community paramedicine considerations in Maine.

Pearson also undertook an in-depth look at one of the pilot programs, United Ambulance, to gain a better understanding of the data collection efforts needed to help meet their goals which included decreasing unnecessary EMS transports to the emergency department and collaborating with hospital partners to create a systematic approach to preventing 30-day readmissions for vulnerable patients.

The article was titled "Community Paramedicine Pilot Programs: Lessons From Maine" and is available for download.

Shaler is a senior research associate and Pearson is a policy associate with the Cutler Institute, the research arm of the Muskie School of Public Service at USM.