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dc.contributor.authorWright, Simoneen_US
dc.contributor.authorYelland, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorHeathcote, Kathyen_US
dc.contributor.authorNg, Shu-Kayen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:18:25Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:18:25Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.date.modified2009-12-23T05:04:49Z
dc.identifier.issn03008495en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/27947
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: The extent to which a fear of needles influences health decisions remains largely unexplored. This study investigated the prevalence of fear of needles in a southeast Queensland community, described associated symptoms, and highlighted health care avoidance tendencies of affected individuals. METHODS: One hundred and seventy-seven participants attending an outer urban general practice responded to a questionnaire on fear of needles, symptoms associated with needles and its influence on their use of medical care. RESULTS: Twenty-two percent of participants reported a fear of needles. Affected participants were more likely than participants with no fear to report vasovagal symptoms, have had a previous traumatic needle experience (46.2 vs. 16.4%, p<0.001) and avoid medical treatment involving needles (20.5 vs. 2.3%, p<0.001). DISCUSSION: Fear of needles is common and is associated with health care avoidance. Health professionals could better identify and manage patients who have a fear of needles by recognising associated vasovagal symptoms and past traumatic experiences.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.format.extent166861 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherRoyal Australian College of General Practitionersen_US
dc.publisher.placeAustraliaen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200903/30562en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom172en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto176en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue3en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Family Physicianen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume38en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPrimary Health Careen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111717en_US
dc.titleFear of needles: nature and prevalence in general practiceen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Medicineen_US
gro.rights.copyright© 2009 Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.en_US
gro.date.issued2009
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