How onboarding reduces patient anxiety — 4 key notes

Biopharmaceutical onboarding and device training company Noble conducted a study showing how prefilled syringe device training decreased patient anxiety.

Auburn (Ala.) University Professor Shashank Rao, MD, and colleagues examined how training patients to use a syringe affected their anxiety levels.

Researchers enrolled 45 needle-naive patients into two experimental and one control group. Researchers administered pre- and post-tests training the groups and measuring anxiety. In between the testing, the two experimental groups received treatment in between.

Here's what they found:

1. Sixty-four percent of patients said having a training device at home would decrease their anxiety.

2. Approximately 89 percent said having realistic training was important to them.

3. Around 69 percent said the training device had to look and feel similar to a needle.

4. Eighty-seven percent said the needle tip has to simulate a real needle.

Researchers concluded, "Based on the results revealed in our study, we can confidently say that training devices are one effective way to help reduce this needle anxiety."

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