Omvårdnadsåtgärder som kan lindra obehag vid stickrädsla.

Translated title of the thesis: Interventions that can ease discomfort during needle fear.
  • Therese Friberg
  • Marielle Mårtensson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Needle fear exists among people of all ages and might lead to avoidance of medical attention, which can affect the person's health. As blood tests, injections and infusions are performed on daily basis in healthcare, there is a possibility that nurses sooner or later will meet adults who are afraid of needles. The purpose of this study was to describe interventions that can ease discomfort for adults with fear of needles. The results of scientific publications indicate that different interventions are available. Studies show that the response from caregivers and psychotherapeutic methods may be important for people who are afraid of being stung. Information and education includes interventions that may contribute to a greater independence and quality of life, when needle fear decreases. Also adjustment of medical technology and use of local anesthetic drugs can reduce the experience of discomfort for those who are afraid of needles, which could lead to improvement of treatment adherence. Through knowledge of which interventions that can ease needle fear, caregivers can reduce discomfort for persons in need of care when cannulas are used. This increases healthcare quality, concerning those who are afraid of needles and the contact will become a satisfying experience.

    Date of Award2013-Feb-26
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorElisabeth Renmarker (Supervisor) & Anita Bengtsson Tops (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • needle fear
    • discomfort
    • pain
    • ease
    • interventions

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