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World Journal of Emergency Medicine ›› 2017, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (1): 19-24.doi: 10.5847/wjem.j.1920-8642.2017.01.003

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation knowledge and attitude among general dentists in Kuwait

Sarah A. Alkandari1(), Lolwa Alyahya1, Mohammed Abdulwahab2   

  1. 1 Dental Division, Farwaniya Health District, Ministry of Health, Kuwait
    2 Department of Surgical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait
  • Received:2016-05-12 Accepted:2016-11-10 Online:2017-03-15 Published:2017-03-15
  • Contact: Sarah A. Alkandari


BACKGROUND: Dentists as health care providers should maintain a competence in resuscitation. This cannot be overemphasized by the fact that the population in our country is living longer with an increasing proportion of medically compromised persons in the general population. This preliminary study aimed to assess the knowledge and attitude of general dentists towards cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 250 licensed general dental practitioners working in ministry of health. Data were obtained through electronic self-administered questionnaire consisting of demographic data of general dentists, and their experience, attitude and knowledge about CPR based on the 2010 American Heart Association guidelines update for CPR.

RESULTS: Totally 208 general dentists took part in the present study giving a response rate of 83.2%. Only 36% of the participants demonstrated high knowledge on CPR, while 64% demonstrated low knowledge. Participants' age, gender, nationality, years of experience, career hierarchy, and formal CPR training were associated significantly with CPR knowledge. Almost all the participants (99%) felt that dentists needed to be competent in basic resuscitation skills and showed a positive attitude towards attending continuing dental educational programs on CPR.

CONCLUSION: This study showed that majority of general dental practitioners in Kuwait had inadequate knowledge on CPR. It was also found that CPR training significantly influenced the CPR knowledge of the participants. Therefore, training courses on CPR should be regularly provided to general dentists in the country.

Key words: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Knowledge, Attitude, General dentists