Abstract 20463: Why Do Physicians Not Attend Hospital Resuscitation Training? A Survey Investigating Barriers for Participation
Introduction: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training is important to provide high-quality CPR. CPR training is therefore mandatory in many hospitals. Despite this, some hospital staff does not attend CPR training on a regular basis. Barriers for attending CPR training are sparsely investigated. This study aimed to investigate CPR course attendance, barriers for participating in CPR training and possible initiatives to increase CPR course attendance among hospital physicians.
Methods: This study included physicians from one university hospital and one regional hospital in the Central Denmark Region. Questionnaires were handed out to physicians at morning staff meeting at departments of internal medicine and surgery. Physicians were grouped as junior physicians (residents) and senior physicians (fellows, attending and chief physicians).
Results: In total, 138 physicians responded (response rate: 86%, male: 49%). Median postgraduate clinical experience was 11.5 (IQR: 7-22) years. Overall, 36% of physicians had not attended CPR training at the hospital. Median time since last CPR course participation was 24 (12-48) months. Junior physicians had more recent training than senior physicians ((5 (2-12) months versus 25 (14-60) months p<0.0001)). Barriers for attending courses included: not knowing when courses are conducted (67%), not knowing where to sign-up for training (41%), and too much clinical work (19%). Interestingly, the majority (61%) of physicians responded that they prioritize course participation to be professionally updated. In contrast, 15% stated that they had sufficient CPR skills and CPR training was unnecessary. Physicians stated the following factors would improve CPR training participation: an annual day protected (no clinical work) for course attendance (75%), use of short booster sessions (53%), shorter courses combined with e-learning (51%) and shorter courses held over 2 days (46%).
Conclusions: A significant part of physicians have not attended hospital CPR training. Several barriers for course participation exist of which course registration seems to be a crucial factor. Alternative CPR training methods may help improve training participation.
Author Disclosures: K.G. Lauridsen: None. R. Højbjerg: None. B. Løfgren: None.
- © 2016 by American Heart Association, Inc.