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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3250485, 7 pages
Research Article

Public Knowledge and Attitudes towards Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in China

Department of Anesthesiology, The Third Affiliated Hospital, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150081, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Fei Han; moc.oohay@hief.hf

Received 15 October 2016; Revised 27 December 2016; Accepted 22 February 2017; Published 7 March 2017

Academic Editor: Eric Chong

Copyright © 2017 Meng Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The rate of bystander CPR is much lower in China than in developed countries. This survey was implemented to assess the current status of layperson CPR training, to analyze the willingness of bystanders to perform CPR, and to identify barriers to improving bystander CPR rates. The questionnaire included individual information, current status of bystander CPR training, and individual’s willingness and attitude towards performing CPR. There were 25.6% laypersons who took CPR training. The majority (98.6%) of laypersons would perform CPR on their family members, but fewer laypersons (76.3%) were willing to perform CPR on strangers. Most respondents (53.2%) were worried about legal issues. If laws were implemented to protect bystanders who give aid, the number of laypersons who were not willing to perform CPR on strangers dropped from 23.7% to 2.4%. An increasing number of people in China know CPR compared with the situation in the past. CPR training in China is much less common than in many developed countries. The barriers are that laypersons are not well-trained and they fear being prosecuted for unsuccessful CPR. More accredited CPR training courses are needed in China. The laws should be passed to protect bystanders who provide assistance.