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Management of Procedure-Induced Anxiety in Children

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This core competency training programme provides a comprehensive account of research evidence, illustrating the prevalence, consequences, and strategies for managing and reducing procedure induced anxiety in children. Disseminating this information will significantly improve quality of care and outcome in terms of short, intermediate and long-term psychological trauma and morbidity amongst children undergoing medical interventions.

Those completing this training will have an enhanced understanding of research that confirms a majority of children experience anxiety and a significant proportion of patients remember their negative experiences, suffer longer-term disturbances in behaviour and psychological morbidity. Additionally, they will gain an in-depth understanding of a full spectrum of management strategies that reduce anxiety, and the psychological trauma and morbidity children sustain as a consequence of their negative experiences. This will allow them to begin to master these strategies and integrate them within their standard practice.

We see this understanding and training as a minimum core competency for all medical professionals and support staff who work with and care for children, particularly children requiring any form of medical intervention.