Comparison of Face to Face vs. Group Training on Self-pulse Rate taking Ability of Patients

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avatar Habibollah Saadat 1 , avatar Roxana Sadeghi 1 , * , avatar Maryam Jannatipour 1 , avatar Alireza Abadi 2 , avatar Zahra Saadat 1 , avatar Saeed Alipour Parsa 1

Cardiovascular Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Department of Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

how to cite: Saadat H, Sadeghi R, Jannatipour M, Abadi A, Saadat Z, et al. Comparison of Face to Face vs. Group Training on Self-pulse Rate taking Ability of Patients. Int J Cardio Pract. 2019;4(1):e130277. doi: 10.21859/ijcp-401.

Abstract

Introduction: Determining the rate and regularity of peripheral arterial pulses has a major role in assessing the clinical status of patients with cardiovascular disorders. We compared two training methods on the ability of patients to take their radial pulse rate accurately.Methods: Three-hundred patients were randomly divided into two arms. One arm received individual face-to-face training and the other arm received group training via displaying an animation movie. Immediately after the training and then after 48 hours, the patients were tested by a nurse to find out whether they have learned the correct technique of taking radial pulse rate or not.Results: Immediately after the intervention, 84.9% in face-to-face arm and 81.8% in group training arm were able to correctly count their radial pulse rate (P = 0.536). After 48 hours, 71.7% in face-to-face and 60.8% in group training arm were able to correctly count their radial pulse rate (P = 0.051).Conclusions: Both methods were effective to improve the ability of the patients to count their radial pulse rate correctly though face-to-face method was marginally superior to group training.

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