4th Year - B.Sc Honours in Biomedical Sciences Student
Research supervisor: Denise Harrison
The goal of my Honours Project is to determine if upright patient positioning reduces pain and distress in toddlers 12-36 months receiving venipuncture. This project is a secondary analysis of both the pilot and full Be Sweet to Toddlers: Randomized Control Trial (RCT) of sucrose compared to placebo studies. The pilot RCT occurred from August 21, 2012 to July 10, 2013, and the full RCT is still in progress, but included patients for this project were recruited from November 2nd, 2015 to March 30th, 2016. Both studies will be used for data analysis because the protocol and setting were identical. Patients were recruited daily at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in three selected medical and surgical units. A sample size of n=29 patients will be used for data analysis (n=21 from the pilot RCT and n=8 from the full RCT). Three major outcomes will be used to measure pain and distress: cry duration, patient positioning and signs of maximal distress. The information obtained in this study will be used to address a knowledge gap concerning the effectiveness of patient positioning for pain reduction and ultimately provide evidence to suggest its benefits to families and heath care professionals.
Pediatric pain management, evidence-based practice
Awards and Bursaries
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Bursary, 2015