The primary goal of this work is to support and facilitate EMS outcomes research and evaluation to be conducted by the broad EMS community. In essence, a "blueprint" and a set of "tools" has been developed that EMS practitioners can use to evaluate the effectiveness of prehospital care. Objectives critical to the development of an EMS outcomes research plan included:
An objective identified at the start of the project, "identify existing data sets and evaluation methods useful for EMS outcomes research," was removed because the steering committee determined that there were no data sets in existence that could be used to actually conduct EMS outcomes research.
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