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The fear of needles: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Advanced Nursing, September 2018
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#1 of 4,395)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

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98 news outlets
blogs
6 blogs
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80 tweeters

Citations

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61 Dimensions

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181 Mendeley
Title
The fear of needles: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Published in
Journal of Advanced Nursing, September 2018
DOI 10.1111/jan.13818
Pubmed ID
Authors

Jennifer McLenon, Mary A.M. Rogers

Abstract

To evaluate the prevalence of needle fear and summarize the characteristics of individuals who exhibit this fear. Injections are among the most common medical procedures, yet fear of needles can result in avoidance of preventive measures and treatment. Systematic review and meta-analysis. MEDLINE (1966-2017), Embase (1947-2017), PsycINFO (1967-2017) and CINAHL (1961-2017) were searched, with no restrictions by age, gender, race, language, or country. Prevalence of needle fear was calculated and restricted maximum likelihood random effects models were used for meta-analysis and meta-regression. The search yielded 119 original research articles which are included in this review, of which 35 contained sufficient information for meta-analysis. The majority of children exhibited needle fear, while prevalence estimates for needle fear ranged from 20-50% in adolescents and 20-30% in young adults. In general, needle fear decreased with increasing age. Both needle fear and needle phobia were more prevalent in females than males. Avoidance of influenza vaccination because of needle fear occurred in 16% of adult patients, 27% of hospital employees, 18% of workers at long-term care facilities and 8% of healthcare workers at hospitals. Needle fear was common when undergoing venipuncture, blood donation and in those with chronic conditions requiring injection. Fear of needles is common in patients requiring preventive care and in those undergoing treatment. Greater attention should be directed to interventions which alleviate fear in high risk groups. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 181 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 34 19%
Student > Master 25 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 15 8%
Researcher 11 6%
Other 25 14%
Unknown 53 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 30 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 25 14%
Psychology 18 10%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 11 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 9 5%
Other 21 12%
Unknown 67 37%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 872. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 May 2021.
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#10,423
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Outputs from Journal of Advanced Nursing
#1
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#275
of 287,745 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of Advanced Nursing
#1
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