Objective: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving process in which many disciplines are involved. In this study, our aim was to evaluate CPR knowledge of public health physicians and determine usefulness of education on this important topic.
Methods: A total of 337 public health physicians were involved in an educational course and asked to answer a questionnaire both before and after the course. The questionnaire involved 26 questions and participants’ personal identifiers were hidden. The results of two questionnaires were compared.
Results: We achieved improvement in knowledge of 315 participants. In majority of the participants, the number of the right answers increased up to 6 to 10 points. We also determined that those who attended to a similar educational course before were more successful than those who did not.
Conclusion: Education on CPR is essential for every discipline involved in medicine. Increasing the knowledge of physicians may decrease mortality and morbidity related to sudden cardiac arrest. Institutions must be encouraged for continuous educational organizations and participation of health care providers from different disciplines must be assured.