KILIÇ R. T., Meşe- Buran M., Yosmaoǧlu H. B.

Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, vol.34, no.2, pp.173-181, 2023 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.21653/tjpr.1082992
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.173-181
  • Keywords: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Knowledge, Physiotherapist
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge level of physiotherapists working in Turkey about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Methods: It is a cross-sectional study conducted between August and October 2021. Data were collected by sending an online questionnaire form to a total of 275 physiotherapists, 164 (59.63%) male and 111 (40.37%) female, who agreed to participate in the study. In order to evaluate the level of CPR knowledge, the questionnaire prepared by taking the 2010 American Heart Association-European Resuscitation Council CPR guideline as a guide, consists of 26 questions and is self-administered.In the first part of the questionnaire, 5 questions containing personal information (age, gender, institution of employment, duration of employment, etc.); in the second part, there are 12 questions on the perception of CPR training and its value, and in the third part, 10 questions aiming to measure the current knowledge level about CPR. In the CPR knowledge score, 0-5 points range was evaluated as low, 6-10 point range was evaluated as high. Results:The most work setting was the hospital (41.50%) and the main scope of work was the musculoskeletal system (37.80%). While the rate of those who encountered a CA case anywhere was 28.40%, this rate was 20.70% in the work setting. Most of the participants (67.30%) had received CPR training.While 59.50% of those who received training found the training incompetent in CPR practice, 71.90% found themselves. CPR certificate was not related to field of study, age, gender and years of experience (p>0.005). The rate of CPR certification among those working at the hospital was higher than those working at the university(p=0.014). The mean theoretical CPR knowledge score was 5±0.12, which showed that CPR knowledge levels were low.CPR knowledge score; It was higher in those who received CPR training than those who did not, and those who considered themselves competent in CPR practice compared to those who did not see it as sufficient (p=0.001). Conclusion:Our results showed that the majority of physiotherapists have CPR certification, but the majority of those with CPR certification have insufficient knowledge of CPR and feel incompotent in this regard.Future research that wishes to better evaluate the practice of CPR should evaluate physical therapists' actual CPR competence with hands-on methods rather than a theoretical assessment.