This website is written by a needle phobic patient, and is anecdotal and based on lived experienced; this content is intended purely to confer a patient’s perspective. This page is for nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other clinicians who wish to understand anxiety triggers and responses in needle phobic patients.
Your needle phobic patients may not engage with medical services, for fear of having to confront their phobia. In the most severe cases, a patient may disengage entirely, causing important tests not to be taken, treatment to be delayed, resulting in lower quality of life, or shortened life expectancy. If a patient has no (or minimal) history of accepting diagnostics or treatment involving a needle, consider offering support.