Emergency first responders and professional wellbeing: a qualitative systematic review

Bevan, Malcolm P., Priest, Sally J. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2304-1502, Plume, Ruth Charlotte ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7292-7249 and Wilson, Emma E. (2022) Emergency first responders and professional wellbeing: a qualitative systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), 19 (22) , 14649. ISSN 1661-7827 [Article] (doi:10.3390/ijerph192214649)

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Emergency first responders (EFRs) such as police officers, firefighters, paramedics and logistics personnel often suffer high turnover due to work-related stress, high workloads, fatigue, and declining professional wellbeing. As attempts to counter this through resilience programmes tend to have limited success, there is a need for further research into how organisational policies could change to improve EFRs’ professional wellbeing. Aim: To identify the factors that may contribute to or affect EFRs’ professional wellbeing. Methods: A systematic literature review has been carried out. Three databases (Science Direct, ProQuest, and PubMed) were searched using keywords developed based on the PICo (population, interest, and context) framework. A total of 984 articles were extracted. These were then critically appraised for the quality of the evidence presented, leading to a total of five being ultimately included for review. Results: Thematic analysis revealed that although EFRs may be exposed daily to traumatic events, factors that contribute to a decline in professional wellbeing emerge from within the organisational environment, rather than from the event itself. Conclusion: The study concludes that organisational and team relations factors significantly impact EFRs ability to cope with stress. As such, organisational policy should evolve to emphasise team relations over resilience programmes.

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Keywords (uncontrolled): emergency first responders; rescue worker; professional wellbeing; organisational culture; leadership; team building; welfare
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 36759
Notes on copyright: Copyright: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Depositing User: Sally Priest
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2022 15:00
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2022 13:04
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/36759

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