What is an aversive procedure?
An aversive procedure can be simply defined
as any clinical procedure that a patient perceives as threatening, and
that produces anxiety in the patient.
The definition of an aversive procedure is entirely subjective. Some people
may define quite minor procedures, such as giving blood, as an aversive procedure.
Most people are anxious when facing an unknown procedure. Anxiety reduces the
capacity to take in new information, and can have negative effects upon health
outcomes. In fact, 15-30% of people suffer from sufficiently high levels of
anxiety before clinical procedures to impair their recovery.
Students undertaking the Aversive Procedures Workshop should begin here.