Background: First aid can reduce death, injury and suffering, but little is known about the characteristics of those who actually give and receive it. The aim of this study was to conduct a first aid behavior survey of a large adult population in the United Kingdom.
Methods: A survey (web and postal) of adults was conducted between 2013 and 2015 as part of the Yorkshire Health Study. Two questions were asked about their first aid behavior: whether participants had administered first aid and if yes, their relationship to the first aid recipient.
Results: Of the 13,584 adults who responded, 11.6% reported having given first aid to someone in the previous year, of whom three quarters (76.3%) knew the recipient. Women, those aged 26-45, those with 2-4 children, and people on higher incomes were more likely to report having given first aid. Although young people were less likely to provide first aid, they were more likely to have assisted strangers.
Conclusion: Despite the limitations of this study, analysis of this dataset provides a profile of self-defined first aiders in Yorkshire, UK. The findings can be used to inform the development of future population based interventions such as targeted first aid education, providing a foundation for future research.
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Yorkshire Health Study Implictions for First Aid Education
Holding, Eleanor; Relton, Clare; Roberts, Katharine; Oliver, Emily (2017). First aid intervention in the adult population: Yorkshire Health Study and its implications for first aid education. International Journal of First Aid Education 1(2) doi: 10.21038/ijfa.2017.0009. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/ijfae/vol1/iss2/first-aid-intervention-adult-population-yorkshire-health-study-and-its-implications
Acknowledgements We are grateful to all the individuals who have enrolled in the cohort. This publication is the work of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Yorkshire Health Study Management Team or Advisory Group, or the British Red Cross. This paper presents independent research by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber (NIHR CLAHRC YH, http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/). The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health. Funding The research was funded by the British Red Cross and the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber (NIHR CLAHRC YH, http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/)