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Getting It Right First Time and Every Time; Re-Thinking Children's Rights when They Have a Clinical Procedure

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      Children who need a clinical procedure such as a medical examination, blood test, radiological investigation, vaccination or the administration of treatment can often feel worried and anxious about what will happen. Even minor procedures can be worrying for children who will often be entering an unfamiliar clinical environment full of new people, sights, smells, sounds and equipment (
      • Krauss B.A.
      • Krauss B.S.
      Managing the frightened child.
      ). Those with long term conditions may experience anticipatory anxiety (
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      • Pillai Riddell R.R.
      • Khan M.
      • Calic M.
      • Taddio A.
      • Tablon P.
      Systematic review: Predisposing, precipitating, perpetuating, and present factors predicting anticipatory distress to painful medical procedures in children.
      ) as they may be revisiting a place where they have previously experienced pain, discomfort or medical trauma (
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      What your patient is thinking: The heart of medicine: Growing up with pioneering treatment.
      ,
      • Morton L.
      Using psychologically informed care to improve mental health and wellbeing for people living with a heart condition from birth: A statement paper.
      ).
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