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Table 2 Attitude toward basic life support (BLS) training among health-care providers in pre-BLS (n = 421) and post-BLS (n = 321) groups

From: Impact of basic life-support training on the attitudes of health-care workers toward cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation

  BLS group Disagree n (%) Neutral n (%) Agree n (%) χ2 p value
Attitude (15 statements)
 1. I think CPR & use of AED should be rehearsed at least once per year Pre 49 (11.6) 107 (25.4) 265 (63.0) 7.468 0.024*
Post 42 (13.1) 108 (33.6) 171 (53.3)
 2. I am able to work as a member of a resuscitation team Pre 33 (7.9) 116 (27.6) 271 (64.5) 9.578 0.008*
Post 12 (3.8) 115 (35.9) 193 (60.3)
 3. I can perform CPR on my own Pre 37 (8.8) 96 (22.9) 287 (68.3) 5.963 0.051
Post 17 (5.3) 60 (18.8) 243 (75.9)
 4. Prognosis of resuscitated patient is poor Pre 181 (43.5) 183 (44.0) 52 (12.5) 4.865 0.088
Post 125 (39.7) 162 (51.4) 28 (8.9)
 5. Only doctors should defibrillate Pre 220 (52.4) 101 (24.0) 99 (23.6) 20.152 <0.001*
Post 213 (66.6) 69 (21.6) 38 (11.8)
 6. I know how to defibrillate Pre 65 (15.4) 120 (28.5) 236 (56.1) 13.619 0.001*
Post 23 (7.2) 85 (26.6) 211 (66.2)
 7. I think defibrillation damages a patient’s heart Pre 294 (70.0) 112 (26.7) 14 (3.3) 0.748 0.688
Post 231 (72.9) 77 (24.3) 9 (2.8)
 8. Defibrillation should be performed by any healthcare professional on the scene Pre 96 (22.9) 96 (22.9) 227 (54.2) 8.253 0.016*
Post 48 (15.0) 70 (21.9) 201 (63.1)
 9. I hesitate to use an AED because I fear damaging the patient Pre 266 (63.3) 115 (27.4) 39 (9.3) 4.887 0.087
Post 223 (70.8) 72 (22.9) 20 (6.3)
 10. If an AED is available, I would use it to attend a cardiac arrest patient Pre 31 (7.4) 104 (24.8) 284 (67.8) 7.574 0.023*
Post 12 (3.8) 64 (20.1) 242 (76.1)
 11. I am willing to attend an AED training course at my own expense Pre 110 (26.2) 98 (23.3) 212 (50.5) 26.802 <0.001*
Post 37 (11.6) 107 (33.6) 174 (54.8)
 12. I agree that all clinics should be equipped with an AED Pre 8 (1.9) 36 (8.6) 376 (89.5) 4.870 0.088
Post 1 (0.3) 35 (11.0) 283 (88.7)
 13. I would support/participate in community CPR/AED project Pre 7 (1.7) 67 (16.0) 346 (82.3) 5.388 0.068
Post 0 (0.0) 53 (16.6) 266 (83.4)
 14. I would perform mouth-to-mouth ventilation during CPR Pre 150 (35.7) 146 (34.8) 124 (29.5) 10.707 0.005*
Post 80 (25.1) 118 (37.0) 121 (37.9)
 15. I think AED should be mandated in the clinic and office settings Pre 19 (4.5) 75 (17.9) 326 (77.6) 10.308 0.006*
Post 2 (0.6) 54 (16.9) 263 (82.5)
  Pre-BLS Post-BLS  
Attitude score n (%) n (%)  
Positive (>75%) 225 (53.4) 208 (64.8)  
Negative/neutral (≤75%) 196 (46.6) 113 (35.2) χ2 = 9.66, p < 0.001
Mean ± SD 74.7 ± 13.8 78.8 ± 12.5 t = −4.269, p < 0.001
  1. Abbreviations: AED automated external defibrillator; BLS basic life support; CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation, *statistical significance
  2. Figures shown in the table are for available data only