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Chaitya Parikh

Current University: University of Toronto
Location: Ontario
Discipline: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research Supervisor: Anna Taddio
PICH Mentor: Jennifer Stinson
Member since: November 2011

About me/my research:

My research focus is in acute infant pain management. Infants receive multiple injections in short succession and this can be a stressful experience for both baby and parents. My PI Dr. Taddio in collaboration with experts in the field of infant pain management published a clinical practice guideline that outlined scientifically proven pharmacological, physical, and psychological methods for comforting infants receiving immunization injections. My project consists of testing user-friendly versions of these methods in the form of a pamphlet and a video with parents visiting their primary care paediatric clinic vs. control. They’re then assessed for their use of pain management strategies.

Representative Publications:
Taddio, A., Shah, V., Leung, E., Wang, J., Parikh, C., Smart, S., Hetherington, R., et al. (2012). Knowledge translation of the HELPinKIDS clinical practice guideline for managing childhood vaccination pain: Usability and knowledge uptake of educational materials directed to new parents. BMC pediatrics, 13, 23.

Taddio, A., Moshe, I., Thivakaran, S., Jamal, A., Parikh, C., Smart, S., Sovran, J., et al. (2012). Survey of the prevalence of immunization non-compliance due to needle fears in children and adults. Vaccine, 30, 4807–12.