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The emerging role of the emergency care practitioner
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    Author's Reply: Emerging role comparisons

    Dear Editor,

    As the lead author of this paper I was glad to read the letters of Mason and Bilby who clearly add to the debate of how we should evaluated new and emerging roles.

    To clarify our approach it must be understood that we were collecting data for this study in 2002, examining the role of four of the first ECPs in the country. We were asking the question 'if you change individuals roles (through tr...

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    There is a lack of other professionals for ECPs to be compared with

    Dear Editor,

    I too enjoyed the paper, "The emerging role of the emergency care practitioner" submitted by S.Cooper et al. I was gratified to see that Suzanne Mason had read the paper and replied.

    My thoughts on the suitability of the paramedic and ECP comparison, however, differ from Dr Mason's. Whilst I accept the comments in her letter with particular reference to the training and education of par...

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    Emergency Care Practitioners should not be compared with paramedics

    Dear Editors

    I enjoyed the article by Cooper et al.[1] and was delighted to see some evidence being published outlining the role of the Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP). However, I have some concerns about the study. I was puzzled as to why the authors chose to compare the ECPs with paramedics. The role is entirely different with ECPs being equipped with additional skills enabling them to undertake an in-d...

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