Recruiting Medical Students for a First Responder Project in the Social Age: Direct Contact Still Outperforms Social Media

Marx, David; Greif, Robert; Egloff, Mike; Balmer, Yves; Nabecker, Sabine (2020). Recruiting Medical Students for a First Responder Project in the Social Age: Direct Contact Still Outperforms Social Media. Emergency medicine international, 2020, p. 9438560. Hindawi Publishing Corporation 10.1155/2020/9438560

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Introduction: Efficient recruitment of first responders (FRs) is crucial for long-term success of any FR project. FRs are laypersons who are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), medical professionals, and firemen, police officers, and other professions with a duty of help. As social media are widely used for rapid communication, we carried out a prospective observational study to test the hypothesis that recruitment of FRs via social media is more efficient than recruitment via direct face-to-face contact. Methods: Following ethics committee agreement, we informed 600 medical students about becoming FRs when they attended a didactic lecture about the FR project or during their mandatory CPR-course. Furthermore, recruitment was opened to medical students through Facebook, which accessed ∼1,000 medical students to see if they expressed interest in becoming FRs. All of the recruited students successfully completed the FR training. We then used an online questionnaire to ask these students how they had been recruited. Results: Out of 63 registered student FRs, 59 responded to the online questionnaire. Overall, 15.3% of these FR students were recruited via social media. The majority (78.0%) were recruited through direct contact. Conclusions: Despite widespread use of social media, over three-quarters of these medical students were recruited to the FR project via direct personal contact. This suggests that the advantage of a larger reachable population using social media does not outweigh the impact of personal contact with experts.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic and Policlinic for Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy

UniBE Contributor:

Greif, Robert; Balmer, Yves and Nabecker, Sabine

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

2090-2840

Publisher:

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeannie Wurz

Date Deposited:

30 Jun 2020 16:07

Last Modified:

05 Jul 2020 02:43

Publisher DOI:

10.1155/2020/9438560

PubMed ID:

32566309

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.144545

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/144545

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