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A proportion of children have severe needle phobia that prevents completion of their immunisation schedule, putting them at risk of vaccine preventable diseases. At present, these patients attend multiple clinical appointments and receive premedication or sedating medical agents to assist with vaccination. The introduction of non-pharmacological means of reducing peri-procedural anxiety may decrease the need for medical intervention, enhancing patient and parent experience.
Determine if the use of virtual and augmented reality applications can remove the need for pre-medication for their routine immunisations.
Children with existing needle phobia are recruited to design their own augmented reality experience and use this during their planned immunisations at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
NCIRS, Kids Research, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Cnr Hawkesbury Rd & Hainsworth St, Westmead Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145 Tel (612) 9845 1433 | Fax (612) 9845 1418 | ABN 53 188 579 090
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