Peer Education Model for Basic Life Support Training among High School Children: A Randomized Trial

KESİCİ S. , Bayrakci Z., Birbilen A. Z. , HANALİOĞLU D. , Öztürk Z. , TEKŞAM Ö. , ...More

Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol.36, pp.553-560, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s1049023x21000674
  • Title of Journal : Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
  • Page Numbers: pp.553-560
  • Keywords: Basic Life Support instructor training, Basic Life Support training, high school students, peer education model, HOSPITAL CARDIAC-ARREST, KIDS SAVE LIVES, CARDIOPULMONARY-RESUSCITATION, SURVIVAL, RATES, BLS


© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.Background and Objectives: The aim of the study was to test the effectiveness of the peer education method on the learning and application of Basic Life Support (BLS) in high school students and to test the effectiveness of the peer education model on the BLS instructor training. Methods: High school grade one students were included in the study. Students were divided in two groups (Group A and Group B). Peer instructors who were trained by health professionals trained students in Group A. Peer instructors who were trained by their peers trained students in Group B. Pre- and post-training awareness and knowledge tests were applied to measure the awareness and knowledge of all students. Students' success in applying BLS steps was evaluated by a practical exam that was coordinated by physicians using a checklist. Results: Result of the pre-post training awareness questionnaire, pre-post training knowledge tests, and practical exam indicated that instructors trained by their peers were as effective as the instructors trained by medical physicians in terms of giving BLS training to high school students. In the 16-step BLS application competence evaluation, the students in Group A applied BLS with a success rate of 90.2% and in Group B with a success rate of 93.4%. Conclusion: In the current study, it was shown that the peer education model is effective in BLS training and BLS instructor training in high school students. This novel method of peer education gives an opportunity to overcome the stated shortage in the budget and in trained instructors.