A key aim in Scotland’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy is to increase rates of bystander CPR after a Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) to contribute to improving survivial rates. This report is analysis of Scottish opinion survey data on responding to OHCA gathered in August 2015.
This found that over half (52%) of adults in Scotland (over 16 years old) are trained in CPR. But knowledge, experience, and attitudes towards bystander CPR are differentiated according to socio-economic factors. CPR training was more common amongst younger people; those in professional, managerial and non-manual occupations; and those in employment. Indeed most people were CPR trained as a requirement of their employment or they were offered it through their employment or voluntary work. This study will inform Scotland’s OHCA Strategy and help create a social marketing strategy and health behaviour change activities.