Training to improve responder attitudes and knowledge of opioid overdose
Matthew Thomas, Laura Brady, Monika Wozniak, Elizabeth Terranova, Cheryll Moore, Linda S Kahn
Monday, August 2, 2021
Opioid use is a major public health issue and opioid overdose requires rapid response with naloxone.
This study assesses the impact of a training session on the knowledge and attitudes of first responders and members of the community regarding opioid overdose recognition and naloxone use.
A training session was delivered to 2327 participants between July 2019 and March 2020. The study used a paired, pre-/post-analysis to quantify changes.
Nearly all (99.7%) participants completed a survey before and after training. Statistically significant improvements were observed in nearly all attitude and knowledge items.
An education session delivered to an educationally and professionally diverse group can improve trainees' knowledge and attitudes. There were some significant differences between sub-groups, particularly regarding their professional and educational background, and whether the location was urban or rural. Further study is needed to examine whether trainees would benefit from a course tailored toward their education and professional experience.
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