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It Doesn't Have to Hurt

Needles don't have to hurt

Evaluating a knowledge translation tool

In this study, we wanted to learn about what parents think about a knowledge translation tool on vaccination pain management that was created by our team of researchers using the best available evidence-based information about pain management for vaccinations and published by ParentsCanada, a popular Canadian parenting magazine. This tool was intended to help parents manage their children’s vaccination pain by providing tips for handling vaccination appointments.

Our results showed that when the information in a knowledge translation tool provided to parents is relevant to the needs and questions they have about managing needle pain, parents are more likely to use the tool to manage their child’s vaccination pain and feel more confident in doing so. Positive and supportive interactions with health care providers also help set the stage for parents being able to use knowledge translation tools successfully during their child’s vaccination.

Thank you to all the families who took part in our survey.

This study has been approved by the IWK Health Centre Research Ethics Board.

 

 


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BMC Health Services Research: Factors associated with parents’ experiences using a knowledge translation tool for vaccination pain management

April 16th, 2021

Abstract Background: Vaccination is a common painful procedure for children. Parents’ concern regarding vaccination pain is a significant driver of vaccine hesitancy. Despite the wealth of evidence-based practices available for managing vaccination pain, parents lack knowledge of, and access to, these...

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PAIN Reports: Understanding parents' use of a knowledge translation tool to manage children's vaccination pain

March 11th, 2021

Abstract Introduction:  Although several evidence-based strategies for managing children's vaccination pain exist, many parents report being unaware of them. Knowledge translation (KT) tools present evidence-based information in plain language. Objectives:  This two-phase study assessed parents/caregivers' uptake of evidence-based pain management...

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ParentsCanada: Needles Don't Have To Hurt

September 1st, 2016

Keep this timeline handy to make your child’s vaccinations easy peasy! To download a free copy of the evidence-based ParentsCanada tool on the Immunize Canada website click here.  

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Research Team


Nicole MacKenzie

Principal Investigator (Trainee)

Dalhousie University

Christine Chambers

Principal Investigator

Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Pierre Pluye

Co-Investigator

McGill University

Melanie Barwick

Co-Investigator

The Hospital for Sick Children & University of Toronto

Katie Birnie

Co-Investigator

The Hospital for Sick Children

Katelynn Boerner

Co-Investigator

BC Children's Hospital

Vera Granikov

Co-Investigator

McGill University

Noni MacDonald

Co-Investigator

Dalhousie University

Meghan McMurtry

Co-Investigator

University of Guelph

Jennifer Parker

Co-Investigator

IWK Health Centre

Anna Taddio

Co-Investigator

University of Toronto & Hospital for Sick Children

Perri Tutelman

Co-Investigator

Dalhousie University

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