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Trial registered on ANZCTR

Registration number
Ethics application status
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Type of registration
Prospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Comparison between a computerized skill-reporting system (QCPR) versus standard instructor-based feedback for chest compression skill acquisition in secondary school students. A randomized study.
Scientific title
Comparison between QCPR software and instructor-based learning for technical skill basic life support acquisition in secondary school students. A randomized study.
Secondary ID [1] 288566 0
Nill know
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
FACE (Feedback for Acquisition of ChEst compression)
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Cardiac arrest 297691 0
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 297931 0
Basic Life Support - Defibrillation (BLSD) 297932 0
Condition category
Condition code
Cardiovascular 297870 297870 0 0
Other cardiovascular diseases
Public Health 297871 297871 0 0
Health promotion/education

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Students will be randomized into two groups: 1) Qcpr arm and 2) instructor arm. After a unique frontal lesson cycle from qualified instructors about cardiac arrest, Basic Life Support - Defibrillation (BLS-D) and high quality chest compression, students will be randomized. In the Qcpr group (Q) students will receieve feedback about their chest compression performance on resuscitation training mannequin by a computer-based feedback system (QCPR Registered Trademark, Laerdal, Norway) which analyses rate, depth, recoil and hand position. QCPR (Registered Trademark) is a software displaying parameters related to chest compression performance on a screen linked to the manneqiun. Students will receive also a global compression score taking into account all variables related to the quality of chest compression. In the instructor arm, students will receive feedback from a qualified instructor who will decide when the criteria for high quality standard chest compression will be reached.
All students will perform a 2-minute CPR trial. In the qcpr arm, an instructor will comment with every student his/her performance basing on the score from QCPR (Registered Trademark) system for a maximun time of 10 minutes. In the instructor arm, students will recevie feedback from the instructor basing on what the instructor have seen during the CPR trial for a maximun time of 10 minutes each.
The feedback from instructor will be delivered immediately after the CPR trial. The outcomes assessment will be performed in a separate 2-minute CPR trial with QCPR (Registered Trademark) system blinded to students and instructor 7 days later.
There is no planning for strategies to monitor adherence.
Intervention code [1] 293951 0
Other interventions
Comparator / control treatment
The control group will be exposed to standard feedback by qualified instructors.
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 297396 0
Compression score which is an outcome of the Qcpr software taking into account all the variables associated with the quality of chest compression.
Timepoint [1] 297396 0
At seven days from standard lessons cycle and training.
Secondary outcome [1] 320960 0
Passing rate from a qualified instructor blinded to compression score
Timepoint [1] 320960 0
Seven days from standard lessons cycle and training
Secondary outcome [2] 321580 0
Subject overall satisfaction by 1-10 Likert scale from students
Timepoint [2] 321580 0
Seven days from standard lessons cycle and training
Secondary outcome [3] 321581 0
Mean depth and rate of compression from QCPR software
Timepoint [3] 321581 0
Seven days from standard lessons cycle and training
Secondary outcome [4] 321582 0
Proportion of students with an overall compression score of 60% from QCPR software
Timepoint [4] 321582 0
Seven days from standard lessons cycle and training

Key inclusion criteria
All attending students on 4 and 5 years of secondary school randomly selected among the schools that will accept the project.
Minimum age
16 Years
Maximum age
20 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Students who did not participate to the full training

Study design
Purpose of the study
Educational / counselling / training
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Sealed envelope
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

The people assessing the outcomes
The people analysing the results/data
Intervention assignment
Other design features
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment outside Australia
Country [1] 7598 0
State/province [1] 7598 0

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 292915 0
Name [1] 292915 0
Universita degli Studi di Palermo
Address [1] 292915 0
Via del vespro 129, 90133, Palermo, Italy.
Country [1] 292915 0
Primary sponsor type
Universita degli Studi di Palermo
Via del vespro 129, 90133, Palermo. Italy.
Secondary sponsor category [1] 291670 0
Name [1] 291670 0
Address [1] 291670 0
Country [1] 291670 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 294422 0
Comitato Etico Palermo 1
Ethics committee address [1] 294422 0
Via del Vespro 129, 90127, Palermo, Italy
Ethics committee country [1] 294422 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 294422 0
Approval date [1] 294422 0
Ethics approval number [1] 294422 0

Brief summary
The primary aim of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of a computerized feedback system connected to a manikin that provides a real-time assessment of quality of the chest compressions in students attending the 4th and 5th year of secondary school in terms of their technical ability.
Students will be subjected to lectures about the Cardiac arrest and BLS-D. They will be randomized into two groups. In the first group, students will perform cycles of two minutes of chest compressions guided by a computerized feedback system that will evaluate their performance. In the second group students will receive feedback about their chest compressions performance by a qualified instructor. After seven days all students will be evaluated by the execution of a single cycle of chest compressions with manikin and computer system. After the training phase investigators will submit to the participants a questionnaire that will assess the satisfaction.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 63638 0
Dr Andrea Cortegiani
Address 63638 0
Via del vespro 129, 90127, Palermo, Italy
Country 63638 0
Phone 63638 0
Fax 63638 0
Email 63638 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 63639 0
Dr Andrea Cortegiani
Address 63639 0
Via del vespro 129, 90127, Palermo, Italy
Country 63639 0
Phone 63639 0
Fax 63639 0
Email 63639 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 63640 0
Dr Andrea Cortegiani
Address 63640 0
Via del vespro 129, 90127, Palermo, Italy.
Country 63640 0
Phone 63640 0
Fax 63640 0
Email 63640 0

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Summary results
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Other publications
Have study results been made publicly available in another format?
Results – basic reporting
Results – plain English summary