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Comparison of two modes of delivery of first aid training including basic life support

Lippmann, John, Livingston, Patricia and Craike, Melinda J. 2011, Comparison of two modes of delivery of first aid training including basic life support, Health education journal, vol. 70, no. 2, pp. 131-140, doi: 10.1177/0017896910386208.

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Title Comparison of two modes of delivery of first aid training including basic life support
Author(s) Lippmann, John
Livingston, Patricia
Craike, Melinda J.
Journal name Health education journal
Volume number 70
Issue number 2
Start page 131
End page 140
Total pages 10
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0017-8969
1748-8176
Keyword(s) basic life support (BLS)
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR
first aid, on-line learning
web-based learning
training
Summary Aims: Flexible-learning first aid courses are increasingly common due to reduced classroom contact time. This study compared retention of first aid knowledge and basic life support (BLS) skills three months after a two-day, classroom-based first aid course (STD) to one utilizing on-line theory learning at home followed by one day of classroom training (FLEX).
Methods: In this prospective randomized controlled trial, 256 participants with internet access and no first aid related training for at least five years were randomly allocated to a STD or FLEX course. Assessment was conducted immediately after training and again three months later. Each participant was allocated a theory and a BLS score, which were summed and averaged to create an equally-weighted ‘combined score’
of first aid knowledge and skills.
Results: There was no significant difference in theory scores between the STD and FLEX groups immediately after training and after three months. STD participants had significantly higher BLS scores immediately after training (p = 0.001) and three months later (p = 0.046). Males had significantly higher BLS scores after training (p < 0.001), but not three months later (p = 0.02). Participants older than 46 years had significantly lower BLS scores than younger participants (p < 0.001). There was no significant difference in combined scores between the STD and FLEX groups or between genders, education or age groups either immediately after training or three months later.
Conclusion: After replacing one day of classroom-based training with on-line theory training, there was no significant difference in the first aid competencies of the study population, as measured by an equallyweighted
combined score of basic life support and first aid theory.
Notes Published online before print November 24, 2010
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0017896910386208
Field of Research 110999 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920112 Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031287

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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