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Calming Children When Drawing Blood Using Breath-based Biofeedback

Sonne, T; Merritt, T; Marshall, PE; Lomholt, J; Müller, J; Grønbæk, K; (2017) Calming Children When Drawing Blood Using Breath-based Biofeedback. In: Mival, O and Smyth, M and Dalsgaard, P, (eds.) DIS '17: Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. (pp. pp. 725-737). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Blood sampling is a common and necessary procedure in the treatment and diagnosis of a variety of diseases. However, it often results in painful and stressful experiences for children. Designed together with domain experts, ChillFish is a breath-controlled biofeedback game technology with bespoke airflow sensor that aims to calm children during blood sampling procedures. An experimental pilot study was conducted in which 20 children aged 6-11 were assigned to one of two conditions involving either passive distraction (watching a video) or active distraction using the ChillFish prototype. Medical staff rated ChillFish significantly more useful in facilitating the blood sampling procedure compared to passive distraction. Qualitative feedback from patients, parents, and medical staff identified aspects that impact the acceptance of breath-based active distraction. Our study highlights the potential of non-pharmacological assistive technology tools to reduce fear and pain for children undergoing painful or stressful medical treatment.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Calming Children When Drawing Blood Using Breath-based Biofeedback
Event: 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17)
Location: Edinburgh, UK
Dates: 10 June 2017 - 14 June 2017
ISBN-13: 9781450349222
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3064663.3064742
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064742
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1545218
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