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Washington: Biostatistics Researchers Take Part in Study Showing Lower Bystander CPR Rates in Hispanic Neighborhoods

A new study co-authored by University of Washington School of Public Health researchers has shown people living in Hispanic neighborhoods who experience cardiac arrest are less likely to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander. These residents also had a lower chance of survival following cardiac arrest compared to those living in non-Hispanic neighborhoods.

The retrospective cohort study was led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Duke University School of Medicine using data from the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Data Coordinating Center, which operated out of the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics from 2004 to 2018. Study co-authors include Dr. Susanne May, professor in the UW biostatistics department, and Mr. Rob Schmicker, a department research scientist.

The study were published Dec. 30 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Findings indicate a need to understand the reasons behind disparities in CPR delivery in Hispanic neighborhoods. It also suggests that future studies and public health initiatives should consider targeted training in Hispanic communities.

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