Levels of cardiac knowledge and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training among older people in Queensland

Johnston, Trish C., Clark, Michele J., Dingle, Genivieve A., and Sanders, Emma L. (2004) Levels of cardiac knowledge and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training among older people in Queensland. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 23 (2). pp. 91-96.

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Abstract

Objectives: the current study was conducted to determine levels of cardiac knowledge and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in older people in Queensland, Australia.

Methods: a telephone survey of 4490 Queensland adults examined respondents' knowledge of coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors, knowledge of heart attack symptoms, knowledge of the local emergency telephone number, as well as respondents' rates and recency of training in CPR.

Results: older participants, aged 60 years and over, were approximately one and a half times more likely than the 30–39 year-old reference group to have limited knowledge of heart disease risk factors (OR = 1.53), and low knowledge of heart attack symptoms (OR = 1.60). Knowledge of the local emergency telephone number also decreased with age. Older participants had significantly lower rates of training in CPR, with almost three quarters (71.7%) reporting that they had never been trained. Older people who had completed CPR training were significantly less likely to have done so recently.

Conclusions: cardiac knowledge levels and CPR training rates in older Queensland persons were lower than those found in the younger population.

Item ID: 5850
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: cardiopulmonary resuscitation training; coronary heart disease; risk factors
ISSN: 1741-6612
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2009 23:53
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 100%
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