P. Daniel Patterson, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • James O. Page Professor of Emergency Healthcare Worker Safety

Dr. P. Daniel Patterson is a nationally registered paramedic and Fellow of the Academy of EMS (FAEMS). He studies safety in emergency care settings with special emphasis on safety culture, fatigue, shift work, sleep health, teamwork, medical errors and adverse events, and clinician injury in the prehospital EMS setting. Collaborations have led to creation of reliable and valid safety measurement tools and establishing base rate data for key indicators of EMS safety.  He has led multi-disciplinary teams in evidence reviews and experimental studies testing novel interventions to improve safety. His research is informed by immersion in the EMS setting as a paramedic clinician.

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Education & Training

  • MS, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
  • Multi-disciplinary Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP-K12 NIH training program: Grant# 05 KL2 RR024154-04), 2009-2014
  • Fellowship, Patient Safety Leadership by AHA & SAEM, 2008
  • Post-Doc, AHRQ-T-32 Health Services Research Training Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cecil G. Sheps Center, 2004-2006
  • PhD, Health Services Policy and Management, University of South Carolina, 2004
  • MPH, Health Administration, University of South Carolina, 2001
  • BS, Health Promotions, Appalachian State University, 2000

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Research Interests

Research interests focus on the health and safety of emergency clinicians, public safety responders, and their patients.

Project Websites:

1: The Sleep and Teamwork in EMS Study (SaFTiE) www.saftie.pitt.edu

2: The EMS Sleep Health Study www.emssleephealth.pitt.edu

3: The EMS Shift Work Project www.emsshiftwork.org

4: The EMS Evidence-Based Practice Center (EMS-EPC)

5: The EMS Agency Research Network (EMSARN) www.EMSARN.org



Research Grants

Title: Developing Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for Emergency Medical Services
Project Period:  4/1/2016 – 7/31/2021
Sponsor: National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Grant Number:  DTNH2215C00029
Role: PI
Title: Real-time intervention to reduce fatigue among Emergency Medical Services workers
Project Period: 8/1/2019 - 7/31/2023
Sponsor: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Grant Number: 1 R01 OH011502 01A1
Role: PI
Title: Impact of intra-shift naps during night shifts on blood pressure and heart rate variability among EMS clinicians.
Project Period: 1/1/2020 - 12/31/2022
Sponsor: The ZOLL Foundation
Grant Number: n/a
Role: Co-I