KCUR: People of Color Are Far Less Likely to Receive CPR From Bystanders, New Study Finds

November 11, 2022

A Kansas City cardiologist has co-authored a study in the New England Journal of Medicine finding that Black and Hispanic patients of cardiac arrest are significantly less likely to receive CPR from bystanders than White patients.

Dr. Paul Chan, at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, found that Black and Hispanic individuals are 37% less likely to receive CPR in public. They’re also 26% less likely to receive CPR in their homes.

Chan told KCUR’s Up To Date that the problem is the culmination of structural barriers in minority health care. The majority of CPR training is conducted in White communities, and the cost to get trained is often too expensive.

Listen to the full KCUR Up To Date interview below.

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