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Title: Impact of injection anxiety on recall of health information in the travel clinic consultation
Author: O’Dwyer, Niamh
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2011
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A large proportion of United Kingdom (UK) residents are now travelling abroad. The pre-travel consultation provides a good opportunity for clinicians to educate travellers about the risks involved with travel, and prevention strategies which they could utilize. Adherence to health travel advice prevents travel-related illness and reduces the risk of contracting infectious diseases. It is therefore important to assess whether health travel advice is retained post consultation. Anxiety and, specifically, anxiety about receiving a vaccination, could influence a traveller's ability to recall health advice. The present study aimed to investigate whether anxiety and, more specifically, injection anxiety can predict recall of health information following a travel clinic consultation. In addition, it also aimed to provide further information on the prevalence of injection anxiety in a travel clinic setting in the UK, as this has not been explored previously. Participants were recruited from two fee-paying travel clinics which they were attending for pre-travel advice and vaccinations. They completed a number of self-report measures exploring injection anxiety, state anxiety, and psychological and physical reactions to blood tests and injections. A recall questionnaire, designed for the study, was completed post consultation to assess recall of health information. Analysis of the data revealed that injection anxiety did not account for variance in recall ability. The prevalence rate of injection anxiety was found to be 39%, higher than previous studies completed outside the UK. The recall of information varied, and for the majority of participants not all information was retained post consultation. The implications for clinical practice are discussed and suggestions for future research are considered.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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