Print page Print page
Switch language
The Capital Region of Denmark - a part of Copenhagen University Hospital

Immediate psychological impact on citizen responders dispatched through a mobile application to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  1. Temporal trends in utilization of transcatheter aortic valve replacement and patient characteristics: a nationwide study

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Pharmacoepidemiological methods for computing the duration of pharmacological prescriptions using secondary data sources

    Research output: Contribution to journalReviewResearchpeer-review

  3. Temporal variation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occurrence in individuals with or without diabetes

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Incidence of Infective Endocarditis Among Patients With Tetralogy of Fallot

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

View graph of relations

Background: Activating citizen responders may increase survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) but could induce significant psychological impact on the citizen responders. We examined psychological impact among citizen responders within the first days following resuscitation attempt.

Methods and Results: A mobile phone application to activate citizen responders to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was implemented in the Capital Region of Denmark. All dispatched citizen responders (September 2017 to May 2019) received a survey 90 minutes after an alarm, including self-rating of perceived psychological impact on a scale of 1-4.Of 5,395 included citizen responders, most (88.6%) completed the survey within 24 hours.The majority reported no psychological impact (68.6%), whereas 24.7%, 5.5% and 1.2% reported low, moderate, or severe impact, respectively. Severe impact was more commonly reported in the following groups: No CPR training (3.8% vs 1.2%, p = 0.02), age < 30 years (2.0% vs 0.9%, p < 0.001), female sex (1.8% vs 0.7%, p < 0.001), provided CPR (2.7% vs 1.0%, p < 0.001), and arrived prior to the emergency medical services (EMS) (2.8% vs 0.7%, p < 0.001) compared to no to moderate impact.Chi square test, Mann-Whitney U test, Fischer's exact test and a logistic regression model were used to assess differences in psychological impact across groups.

Conclusion: Very few citizen responders reported severe psychological impact. Lack of prior CPR training, younger age, female sex, performing CPR and arrival prior to the EMS were associated with greater psychological impact. Though very few citizen responders reported severe impact, the possibility of professional debriefing should be considered in citizen responder programs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalResuscitation plus
Pages (from-to)100155
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Bibliographical note

© 2021 The Author(s).

    Research areas

  • OHCA CPR App Citizen responders

ID: 68134220