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ERIC Number: EJ909692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
Classroom versus Computer-Based CPR Training: A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Two Instructional Methods
Rehberg, Robb S.; Gazzillo Diaz, Linda; Middlemas, David A.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v4 n3 p98-103 Jul-Sep 2009
Objective: The objective of this study was to determine whether computer-based CPR training is comparable to traditional classroom training. Design and Setting: This study was quantitative in design. Data was gathered from a standardized examination and skill performance evaluation which yielded numerical scores. Subjects: The subjects were 64 undergraduate freshmen who never had CPR training or performed CPR. The subjects were divided into two groups. Group 1 completed the National Safety Council Adult CPR training program via traditional classroom instruction, while Group 2 completed the online version. Measurements: After training, both groups completed the standardized knowledge examination and skill performance evaluation. Skill performance was evaluated by trained evaluators and Resusci Anne computerized CPR manikins. Results: On the standardized knowledge examination and skill performance evaluation, Group 2 scored lower than Group 1; however, no statistically significant difference between the groups existed. MANOVA indicated there was a significant difference in the quality of CPR compressions (location, rate, depth, and release), ventilation rate and volume. Conclusions: Computer-based CPR training may be as effective as traditional classroom CPR training in terms of knowledge outcomes. However, the computer-based CPR training method may not be as effective as traditional classroom-based training in terms of developing quality CPR performance. These results are critical, as quality of CPR effort performed on a cardiac arrest victim has a direct impact on effectiveness. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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