Helping a person with autism to overcome her fear of needles

Joanne Edwards, Ruth Northway

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Healthcare may need to be delivered differently to people with learning disabilities to ensure equitable access (Northway 2011). 'Sara' had a phobia of needles and had not attended a GP surgery for some time. A desensitisation programme was developed and this article explores how collaborative working between community learning disability teams and primary health care resulted in Sara having her bloods taken successfully.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26 - 29
Number of pages3
JournalPrimary Health Care
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


  • autism spectrum condition
  • phobia
  • bloods
  • tailored health care


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