Attitudes of trained Swedish lay rescuers toward CPR performance in an emergency. A survey of 1012 recently trained CPR rescuers

Resuscitation. 2000 Mar;44(1):27-36. doi: 10.1016/s0300-9572(99)00160-4.


59 years old. Only 1% had attended the course because of their own or a relative's cardiac disease. Ninety-four per cent believed there was a minor to major risk of serious disease transmission while performing CPR. When predicting their willingness to perform CPR in six scenarios, 17% would not start CPR on a young drug addict, 7% would not perform CPR on an unkempt man, while 97% were sure about starting CPR on a relative and 91% on a known person. In four of six scenarios, respondents from rural areas were significantly more positive than respondents from metropolitan areas about starting CPR. In conclusion, readiness to perform CPR on a known person is high among trained CPR rescuers, while hesitation about performing CPR on a stranger is evident. Respondents from rural areas are more frequently positive about starting CPR than those from metropolitan areas.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / education*
  • Community Participation*
  • Data Collection
  • Emergencies
  • Female
  • Health Education / standards
  • Health Education / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Professional Competence
  • Program Evaluation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden