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.


Current Projects:

[1] PICO Research Question: Does evidence support shorter or longer duration naps during night shifts to mitigate fatigue, and/or to improve health, safety, or performance for Emergency Medical Services and other public safety personnel? [Registered with PROSPERO on May 11, 2019; PROSPERO# CRD42020156780].


[2] PICO Research Question: In public safety personnel or related workers, does wearing a mask (face covering) at the workplace (or work vehicle) when around co-workers, versus not wearing a mask, lower the incidence of COVID-19 infection? [Registered with PROSPERO on January 21, 2021; PROSPERO# CRD42021232097].


Completed Projects and Publications:

  • 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