Supervised self-injection ups teens' comfort with approach

Supervised self-injection ups teens' comfort with approach

(HealthDay)—For food-allergic adolescents at risk for anaphylaxis, supervised self-infection with an empty syringe is associated with improved comfort levels with self-injection, according to a study published in the March-April issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

Eyal Shemesh, M.D., from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, N.Y., and colleagues randomized 60 adolescent/parent pairs to self-injection, involving supervised self-injection with an empty syringe, versus control (education only) to examine the impact on comfort and anxiety during and after clinic visits in a food allergy center.

The researchers found that supervised self-injection correlated with a significant immediate increase in the primary outcome of comfort levels with the injection (within-group comparison: mean scores, 6.93 preintervention versus 8.37 postintervention; P < 0.01; between-group analysis of variance: 8.37 versus 6.69; P < 0.01). Improvements were also seen in all other secondary measures (adolescent and parent reports before versus after the injection, and changes in quality of life and anxiety a month later). Quality of life improved in 52 and 25 percent of intervention and control patients, respectively, on follow-up; similar differences were also seen for , although these differences were not statistically significant.

"A self-injection (with an empty syringe) procedure in a clinic setting improves adolescents' and parents' comfort level with self-injecting," the authors write. "It may translate into substantial clinical benefits should self-injection be needed."

Explore further

Antifibrotics up outcomes after ahmed glaucoma valve implant

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Supervised self-injection ups teens' comfort with approach (2017, March 16) retrieved 17 October 2019 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more