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Mapping the public first-aid training landscape: uptake, knowledge, confidence and willingness to deliver first aid in disasters/emergencies– a scoping review

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Original languageEnglish
Accepted/In press30 Nov 2018

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While the public can play a vital role in saving lives during emergencies, intervention is only
effective if people have the skills, confidence and willingness to help. This review employed a
five-stage framework to systematically analyse first aid and emergency helping literature from
22 countries (predominately in Europe, Australasia or US). 54 articles were included in the
review and investigated public first-aid knowledge and uptake of first-aid training (40), public
confidence in first-aid skills or willingness to help during an emergency (21); and
barriers/enablers to learning first aid and/or delivering first aid in an emergency (25). Findings
identifying high levels of perceived knowledge/confidence and willingness to help supports the
contention that the public can play a vital role during an emergency. However, findings
identifying low uptake levels, low tested skill-specific knowledge, along with barriers to
learning first aid and helping suggest a first-aid training landscape in need of improvement.

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