Education in adult basic life support training programs

Ann Emerg Med. 1993 Feb;22(2 Pt 2):468-74. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(05)80479-2.


The Panel on Educational Issues in Adult Basic Life Support Training Programs reviewed the characteristics of adult learners, aspects of educational theory, issues concerning barriers to learning and performing CPR, and issues concerning testing and evaluation. The panel made the following recommendations: a comprehensive evaluation of the basic life support program with the goal of improving the program design and educational tools must be initiated; adult programs must be designed to motivate laypersons to become trained in CPR, as well as to target relatives and friends of high-risk individuals; and emotional and attitudinal issues, including the student's reluctance to act in an emergency, must be addressed. Programs must incorporate information on the willingness of an individual to perform CPR; CPR programs must be simplified and focus on critical success factors; flexible educational approaches in programs are encouraged; flexible programming that addresses the needs of the allied health professional is encouraged; formal testing should be eliminated for layperson programs; and formal testing for health care providers and instructors should be continued.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / education*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Heart Arrest / therapy
  • Humans
  • Motivation