Basic life support instructor training: comparison of instructor-led and self-guided training

Eric L Einspruch, Jennifer Lembach, Bonnie Lynch, William Lee, Richard Harper, Ross J Fleischman

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In this randomized trial, the authors compared the instructional quality of instructor candidates trained in instructional methods through an Internet-based versus a traditional classroom-led version of the American Heart Association Core Instructor Course. The self-guided, Internet-based group had significantly higher posttest scores than did the traditional instructor-led group (although not when adjusted for pretest scores). The Internet-based group scores changed from 54% to 67%, exceeding the a priori definition of 8% as a minimally practically significant improvement (instructor-led group scores changed from 49% to 53%). The Internet-based course appeared to be a suitable alternative to the traditional course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E4-E9
Number of pages6
JournalJournal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/education
  • Clinical Competence
  • Education, Distance/methods
  • Educational Measurement/methods
  • Educational Status
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Models, Educational
  • Statistics as Topic
  • United States


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