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The effectiveness of glucose in reducing needle-related procedural pain in infants


Kassab, MI and Roydhouse, J and Fowler, C and Foureur, M, The effectiveness of glucose in reducing needle-related procedural pain in infants, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, (1) pp. 3-17. ISSN 0882-5963 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2010.10.008


This systematic review examined the effectiveness of glucose in relieving needle-associated pain in infants. Meta-analysis was not undertaken, and there was variation in dose, administration method, concentration, and outcome measurement. Glucose was more effective than placebo in relieving infant pain as measured by behavioral outcomes, but there were mixed findings for physiological outcomes. Based on these findings, 25%50% glucose appears effective for infant pain management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:analgesia, infant, glucose, systematic review,
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Roydhouse, J (Dr Jessica Roydhouse)
ID Code:137371
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-02-11
Last Modified:2020-04-24

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