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dc.contributor.authorWright, Simone
dc.contributor.authorYelland, Michael
dc.contributor.authorHeathcote, Kathy
dc.contributor.authorNg, Shu-Kay
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:18:25Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:18:25Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.modified2009-12-23T05:04:49Z
dc.identifier.issn0300-8495
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.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.format.extent166861 bytes
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dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners
dc.publisher.placeAustralia
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200903/30562
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom172
dc.relation.ispartofpageto176
dc.relation.ispartofissue3
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Family Physician
dc.relation.ispartofvolume38
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPrimary Health Care
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111717
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1117
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1103
dc.titleFear of needles: nature and prevalence in general practice
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Medicine
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.
gro.date.issued2009
gro.hasfulltextFull Text
gro.griffith.authorWright, Simone M.
gro.griffith.authorYelland, Michael
gro.griffith.authorNg, Shu Kay Angus
gro.griffith.authorHeathcote, Kathy E.


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