Knowledge, attitude and practive of cardiopulmonary resuscitation among nigerian physiotherapists


  • Chidozie Emmanuel Mbada Department of Medical Rehabilitation College of Health Sciences Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • Bada Olalekan Hakeem
  • Rufus Adesoji Adedoyin
  • Taofeek Oluwole Awotidebe
  • Adaobi Margaret Okonji


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, knowledge, attitude, practice, Nigeria, physiotherapy


Objective: There is an apparent dearth of studies on physiotherapists’ knowledge and competence in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). This study assessed knowledge, attitude and practice of CPR among Nigerian physiotherapists.

Methods: This cross-sectional study involved 140 physiotherapists from seven selected hospitals in South-western Nigeria, yielding a response rate of 87.5%. A self-administered questionnaire which sought information on knowledge, attitude, and practice of CPR was used as the survey instrument. Data were also obtained on socio-demographic and occupational characteristics. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics at 0.05 Alpha level.

Results: More than half (63.6%) of the respondents had within poor to average knowledge of CPR. 55% of the respondents demonstrated positive attitude towards CPR while only 17.1% respondents had ever performed CPR. 92.1% respondents answered correctly questions seeking to know “when CPR is most effective” and 25% knows the correct compression to ventilation ratio.  Only, 20.7% knew the steps of CPR in the correct sequence and 18.6% knew the correct chest compression landmark. Mandatory training in CPR was recommended as graduation requirement for physiotherapy (92.1%).

Conclusion: Nigerian physiotherapists had poor to average knowledge but positive attitude towards CPR practice. Nigerian physiotherapists had a low CPR practice frequency attributable to lack of opportunity to practice CPR or lack of adequate knowledge.


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MBADA, C. E.; HAKEEM, B. O.; ADEDOYIN, R. A.; AWOTIDEBE, T. O.; OKONJI, A. M. Knowledge, attitude and practive of cardiopulmonary resuscitation among nigerian physiotherapists. Journal of Respiratory and CardioVascular Physical Therapy, [S. l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 52–62, 2015. Disponível em: Acesso em: 25 jul. 2024.