CHLA Clinical Research Studies

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Study Details - ID: CHLA-14-00231
Health/Science/Disease Category:
Pain / Anxiety
Short Name:
Full Title of Study:
Robots using empathy to reduce pain associated with IV insertion
Phase/Type of Study:
Randomized Controlled Trial
Purpose of Research:
This study aims to determine if distraction & conversation with a social robot helps children getting painful procedures
Must be having an IV placed at CHLA. Age 4-10, child must understand English and be able to interact with a robot (and not afraid of robots)
Time Commitment/Requirements:
Fill out several surveys, the robot interaction, takes ~1 hour total. Compensation provided.
Primary Investigator:
Dr. Margaret Trost
Coordinator Contact Name:
Margaret Trost
Phone Number:
Clinical Trials .Gov Identifier: