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Eur J Emerg Med. 2013 Jun;20(3):193-6. doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0b013e328355fd59.

Self-perception of knowledge and confidence in performing basic life support among medical students.

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Emergency Department, Pitié - Salpêtrière Hospital. yonatman@gmail.com

Abstract

AIM:

Before implementing new workshops and teaching in our faculty for performing basic life support (BLS), we aimed to determine the level of self-confidence of medical students with regard to the management of cardiac arrest (CA).

METHODS:

We conducted a preinterventional study. A questionnaire was sent to third-year to sixth-year medical students. We recorded sex, year of training, and personal witnessing of CA. We asked them about their theoretical knowledge on 10 main items of BLS and their self-perception of qualification to conduct a CA situation. We tested the respective influence of sex, year of training, and personal witnessing of CA.

RESULTS:

In total, 592 (37%) students completed the questionnaire, 42% of them were men. Less than a third of the students (30%) thought of themselves as being sufficiently qualified to conduct BLS. After the third year, the level of study did not influence their theoretical knowledge or their self-perception of qualification. Male sex and the number of CAs witnessed were the only factors positively associated with better self-confidence regarding qualification.

CONCLUSION:

Self-perception of qualification in BLS is poor in our faculty. In our study, personal witnessing of CA greatly influenced confidence, whereas level of study did not.

PMID:
22735507
DOI:
10.1097/MEJ.0b013e328355fd59
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