Purpose of the study: To investigate the occurrence of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, attitudes and willingness to get trained in CPR in adult population of the Crimea.
Materials and methods: The personal interview survey was conducted from November 2017 to January 2018 in the territory of the Crimean peninsula using a quota sampling method.
Results: Of 384 respondents, 204 (53%) reported previous CPR training. Among the trained, 72% received their training more than one year ago and 44% attended a single course. Trainings at workplace, when gaining education or acquiring driver’s license were most prevalent (76%). Nontrained usually never thought about the need to learn CPR (51%) or did not know where to attend the training (28%). People aged ≥60, females, those with educational level lower than high school, widowed, unemployed and retired are mostly untrained. About 52% respondents wish to learn CPR. Females (odds ratio [OR]: 2.3, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.5-3.6), persons aged <60 (OR: 1.9; 95% CI: 1.2-3.2) and nonwidowed (OR: 3.0; 95% CI: 1.3-6.8) are more likely to be willing to get trained.
Conclusions: Having low awareness of the importance of CPR training and insufficient educational opportunities, almost a half of the Crimean lay people were never trained in CPR. Efforts should be made to increase the extent of community training and retraining, targeting the least trained population groups. Future studies are warranted to investigate the issue in other post-Soviet territories.