How delivering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic life support skills training through places of worship can help save lives and address health inequalities

Early delivery of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rapid defibrillation strengthen the initial links of the chain of survival and can help improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) outcomes. However, health inequalities exist in OHCA survival at regional and global levels, which reduces the chances of survival, with disproportionately lower CPR delivery rates seen in areas of socio-economic deprivation and ethnic minority groups.1 In the United Kingdom for example, the British Muslim and South Asian communities also have higher levels of health disparities in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and physical activity, which can predispose them to poorer outcomes from OHCA.2 Thus, when developing and delivering training for the public, it is important to ensure that there is equitable access.


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