Needle fear: A point prevalence survey of dialysis patients

Lisa Shanahan, Richard Le Leu, Tiffany Whittington, Amanda Biddle, Stephen McDonald, Paul N. Bennett, Shilpa Jesudason

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For adults with end stage kidney disease (ESKD) needle fear can severely affect their treatment choices and outcomes.1 The prevalence of needle fear in the ESKD population has had minimal evaluation. The limited research available suggests that needle distress, anxiety and phobia may result in avoidance of hemodialysis treatments including home‐based options,1 and can be underestimated by healthcare professionals.2 Such avoidance of treatment may have implications for patients, immediate carers, and dialysis providers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-286
Number of pages2
JournalHemodialysis International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • end stage kidney disease
  • Needle fear
  • hemodialysis treatments


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