The University of Pittsburgh EMS Evidence-Based Practice Center (EMS-EPC)

About EMS-EPC:

The Pittsburgh EMS Evidence-Based Practice Center is located in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  The EMS-EPC was established to aid the decision-making of EMS medical directors, administrators and EMS professionals.


What We Do:

The faculty and staff of the EMS-EPC perform systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the evidence germane to the clinical practice and operations of prehospital emergency care.



The EMS-EPC is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of investigators with expertise in emergency medicine, prehospital emergency care, clinical research, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, library sciences, and more.

Dr. P. Daniel Patterson (pdp3@pitt.edu) and Dr. Christian Martin-Gill (martingillc2@upmc.edu) are the EMS-EPC'S Co-Directors.

Key staff includes project coordinators and research technicians in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine; faculty and staff affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System; students and faculty affiliated with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Emergency Medicine Program; students and faculty affiliated with the Graduate School of Public Health; and medical students and physician residents affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Completed Projects and Publications:

  • Patterson PD, Mcilvaine QS, Nong L, Liszka MK, Miller RS, Guyette FX, Martin-Gill C. Masking by health care and public safety workers in non-patient care areas to mitigate SARS-CoV-2 infection: A systematic review. J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open. 2022 Mar 26;3(2):e12699. doi:10.1002/emp2.12699. eCollection 2022 Apr. PMID: 35356376.


  • Patterson PD, Liszka MK, Mcilvaine QS, Nong L, Weaver MD, Turner RL, Platt TE, Opitz SE, Guyette FX, Martin-Gill C, Weiss LS, Buysse DJ, Callaway CW. Does the evidence support brief (≤30-mins), moderate (31-60-mins), or long duration naps (61+ mins) on the night shift? A systematic review. Sleep Med Rev. 2021 May 19;59:101509. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2021.101509. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34116386.


  • Patterson PD, Mountz KA, Budd CT, Bubb JL, Hsin AU, Weaver MD, Turner RL, Platt TE, Guyette FX, Martin-Gill C, Buysse DJ, Callaway CW. Impact of shift work on blood pressure among Emergency Medical Services clinicians and related shift workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Health. 2020; Jun;6(3):387-398; PMID-32354630. Epub 2020 Apr 28. Pubmed Link