Children with Neurodisability – Reducing distress & improving cooperation with invasive procedures

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Audience – healthcare professionals

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Children with neurodisability are more likely to be admitted to hospital, and they may experience a greater number of invasive medical procedures than their typically developing peers. Children have described invasive medical procedures and anticipatory anxiety about them as the most distressing aspect of being in hospital.

The Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit carried out research as to which interventions and strategies are effective for children with neurodisability to reduce distress and improve cooperation with invasive medical procedures carried out in hospital by health professionals.

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