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Reframe the pain

Using attention and language to manage needle pain and distress in children

Many people don't like needles.  This fear often stems from a bad experience as a child, getting a needle for some kids can be a painful, distressing experience.

Talking to children in helpful ways after a needle can be really helpful in having them think about it in a less negative way and this might also help them cope better with needles in the future.  We also know that there are ways that we can distract or direct attention that can help reduce pain.  This may help decrease fear of future needles by making the experience of a needle, itself, less painful.

For further information regarding this study, please contact (08) 8302 1365 or email unisa.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au. or click on the following link:


This project has been approved by the UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee. (HREC ID 200775)