Needle education to combat pricking fear

How much is needle phobia a contributing factor when patients with type 2 diabetes are reluctant to start insulin?

A 2007 study sponsored by Novo Nordisk among 282 patients with type 2 diabetes showed 47% of insulin-naive patients feared the injection and 43% thought injecting insulin was painful. 1

However, in those treated with insulin, 38% thought injecting insulin was painful but only 6% feared the needle.

Associate Professor Margaret McGill, a diabetes educator who manages