This panel is looking to bring together studies that explore how health professionals in pre-hospital care adapt to societal and economic uncertainties, intensifying demands and growing challenges to healthcare provision.
Health professionals' disciplinary boundaries are dynamic in nature and are defined in relation to fluid circumstances such as societal expectations, cultural perceptions and technological advancements. This panel is looking to bring together studies that explore how health professionals in pre-hospital care adapt to societal and economic uncertainties, intensifying demands and growing challenges to healthcare provision. The healthcare workforce in high-income countries is experiencing an ongoing adaptation to increasing and unmet demands, including staffing shortages and consumers' changing expectations, all leading to the introduction of tight shifts and strict performance indicators. Whilst the driving forces for the increasing pressure on health services are not fully understood, it appears to involve the impact of demographic changes and an ageing population, as well as organisational and practice-related changes to the already-complex and technologically advanced system of unplanned care with its ambulance services, A&E departments, emergency mental health services, emergency telephone helpline and walk-in centres. We invite papers exploring: - Professional and organisational strategies of health professionals in response to the aforementioned challenges. - The changing roles and enhanced medicalisation of pre-hospital health and care professionals in relation to increasing demands and financial burden. - The impact of the changing healthcare landscape on health professionals' well-being. - The impact of reforms to professional organisation and practice on pre-hospital healthcare provision and on practitioners' performance and well-being.