Veterans Health Administration’s Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System
Schmitz, S., Chu, K., Radcliff, T., and Smith, R. (2018). Veterans Health Administration’s Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System (DEMPS) Training Evaluation: Potential Implications for Disaster Health Care Volunteers. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 12(6):1-8.
The authors examined the effects of multi-modality training on DEMPS volunteers’ perceptions of the program. They found that “volunteers with multi-modal training who completed all 3 modes were significantly more likely to have positive attitudes about training, plan to continue as volunteers, and would recommend DEMPS to others.” This may have implications for other hospital systems developing similar programs.