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.