Development and Evaluation of an Educational Resource for Adults with High Needle Fear #53

Title: Development and Evaluation of an Educational Resource for Adults with High Needle Fear

Description: Did you know that about 1 in 10 adults will delay or refuse vaccination due to needle fear? Researchers at the University of Guelph and University of Toronto developed an evidence-based electronic educational resource (e-resource) for needle fear to provide adults with the tools to self-manage their fear (sponsored by the Public Health Agency of Canada Immunization Partnership Fund). Currently, there are no existing widely accessible, brief evidence-based detailed resources for adults to self-manage their needle fear. We hope that this research can help create a freely available resource. The PIs are Dr. Meghan McMurtry (University of Guelph) and Dr. Anna Taddio (University of Toronto).

There are two phases to this research:
1) to develop and modify the e-resource based on stakeholder feedback; and
2) an evaluation of the e-resource.

We are currently recruiting participants for Phase 1 to provide feedback on the electronic resource. Specifically, we are looking to recruit:
1) adults with a moderate to high level of needle fear,
2) mental health professionals (with expertise in anxiety/fear related to needles); and
3) clinician immunizers. All participants will receive honoraria for participating.

Interested participants can view further details by visiting: https://pphc.uoguelph.ca/current-opportunities/

Specifics: Study Population:
1) adults with a moderate to high level of needle fear,
2) mental health professionals (with expertise in anxiety/fear related to needles); and
3) clinician immunizers. All participants must be 18 years or older, Canadian, and proficient in English.

Participant Obligation:
Participants will be asked to complete a screening measure, a brief demographic form, review the e-resource, participate in a focus group or an interview, and complete an e-survey

Location: Online - Guelph

Project lead: C. Meghan McMurtry

Study Dates: January 28, 2022 to August 31, 2022

Study Website: https://pphc.uoguelph.ca/current-opportunities/