Ambulance demand: random events or predictable patterns

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Over the past 20 years there has been an increase in demand for emergency ambulance services across the developed world, placing significant strain on ambulance resources.

Prehospital epidemiology is under-researched area of public health, and little systematic evidence exists to support widely reported anecdotal evidence of ambulance demand variation across different times of day, days of the week or months of the year.

Occupational, social and recreational routines follow temporal patterns, as does the onset of certain acute medical diseases and injuries.

It is therefore important for ambulance service planning to determine whether the temporal nature of injury and disease transfers into patterns that can be observed in ambulance demand.





Ambulance Victoria

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Professor Paul Dietze

Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks




[email protected]