Reducing Pain and Fear: Integrating evidence into routine immunization practice

Reducing Pain and Fear: Integrating evidence into routine immunization practice
Thursday, June 11, 2015 (1:00-2:00 PM EST)

The Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) are pleased to invite you to participate in a webinar organized in collaboration with Immunize Canada to discuss strategies and interventions within the context of clinical practice guidelines on pain and fear management developed by the national working group, Help Eliminate Pain in Kids (HELPinKIDS).

Pain and fear associated with needle procedures such as immunizations is a common experience for infants, children and adults. These experiences, if not addressed, can lead to a host of deleterious consequences including increased pain perception during procedures, fear of health care providers, fainting, exaggerated pain memories, heightened distress at future procedures, non-compliance with immunization, and avoidance of healthcare. This presentation will offer strategies and interventions that clinicians can incorporate into their practice for mitigating pain and fear, and for reducing patient non-compliance to immunization series. 

Learning Objectives
Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the relativeness of pain and fear to the practice of immunization
  • Recognize the existing knowledge to care gap in clinical practice
  • Identify adoptable interventions for clinicians that can improve immunization acceptance and uptake in infants, children and adults
  • Acquire new knowledge to be disseminated among other public health practitioners


Dr. Anna Taddio

Anna Taddio is a Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and Senior Associate Scientist at SickKids. Dr. Taddio studies pain management during needle procedures in children. She currently leads a national working group, Help ELiminate Pain in KIDS (HELPinKIDS), studying and promoting effective pain management during childhood vaccination.

This webinar was offered in English only.

Reference Material

The presentation is available for download by clicking here.

Webinar Recording

View the recorded webinar by clicking here.

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