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Bystander Helping Behaviour for Myocardial Infarction Following First Aid Training

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00954161
First Posted: August 7, 2009
Last Update Posted: May 3, 2011
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Collaborators:
Belgian Red Cross-Flanders
University Ghent
Laerdal Medical
Information provided by:
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  Purpose
The objective of this study is to measure the effect of an innovative training programme on the help seeking behaviour and helping rates of bystanders in medical emergencies.

Condition Intervention
Acute Myocardial Infarction Other: Helping behaviour curriculum Other: First aid only curriculum

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Official Title: Bystander Helping Behaviour for Acute Myocardial Infarction Following a First Aid Training Programme That Draws Attention to the Barriers to Providing Help - Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Delay time for seeking help during deception experiment [ Time Frame: within 4 weeks after the control or intervention training ]
    Time to seeking help was measured between the simulated patient grabbing the heart and the study participant opening the door to get help.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Rate of helping during deception experiment [ Time Frame: within 4 weeks after control or intervention training ]
    This refers to the number of participants that assessed the victim, or asked for help, or provided direct help to the victim during the test.

  • First aid self efficacy belief [ Time Frame: within 15 minutes after experimental or control intervention ]
    scores on 6 questions related to helping behaviour barriers with the following structure: " I will do x (action) even if y (barrier)"

  • Impact of event [ Time Frame: Within 15 minutes after deception experiment ]
    This indicates how shocking the study participants found the simulated emergency situation

  • State of mood [ Time Frame: Within 15 minutes after deception experiment ]
    Indication of how study participants feel after being told about the deception.

  • Credibility of deception [ Time Frame: Within 15 minutes after deception ]
    Indication of how credible study participants found the simulated emergency situation


Enrollment: 144
Study Start Date: September 2009
Study Completion Date: January 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: first aid and helping behaviour
The helping behaviour training is given after 24 hours first aid training and aims to sensitise participants towards a helping reaction and teach participants how to deal with barriers to helping
Other: Helping behaviour curriculum
The objective of the helping behaviour curriculum is to sensitise participants to develop a helping reaction, and to teach participants how to deal with barriers to helping. The helping behaviour curriculum is being taught in 2hours.
Active Comparator: first aid only
This group receives training in first aid only without training in helping behaviour.
Other: First aid only curriculum
Two hours training on first aid for alcohol and drug incidents

Detailed Description:

A systematic review on the effects of first aid training concluded that training must also include ways to overcome obstacles to bystander intervention. This could lead to better help and higher helping rates in medical emergencies.

The objective of this paper is to measure the effect of an innovative training programme on the help seeking behaviour and helping rates of bystanders in medical emergencies. We chose to test the helping behaviour for acute myocardial infarction because it is an important cause of mortality and invalidity. While the victim is urgently in need of help, delay in seeking professional help is an important problem.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Course participants that are 18 years or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Course participants that are younger than 18 years
  • Health care students
  • Health care professionals
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00954161


Locations
Belgium
Belgian Red Cross-Flanders
Mechelen, Belgium, 2800
Sponsors and Collaborators
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Belgian Red Cross-Flanders
University Ghent
Laerdal Medical
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Bert Aertgeerts Academic Centre for General Practice, Catholic University Leuven
  More Information

Publications:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Bert Aertgeerts, Academic Centre for General Practice
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00954161     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: S51742
S51742, ML5859, B32220096701 ( Other Identifier: Commissie Medische Ethiek UZ Gasthuisberg )
First Submitted: August 6, 2009
First Posted: August 7, 2009
Last Update Posted: May 3, 2011
Last Verified: May 2011

Keywords provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven:
First aid
Helping behaviour
Health education
Myocardial infarction
Emergencies

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Infarction
Myocardial Infarction
Ischemia
Pathologic Processes
Necrosis
Myocardial Ischemia
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vascular Diseases