Table 2

Questions comparing the 29-gauge [29G]/5-bevel and 27G/3-bevel needles and multiple-choice answer options for each survey (see Figures 4 and 5 for survey results)

Australian pilot survey (n = 11)

How would you describe your injections with the new pre-filled syringes compared with before?

Much less painful; Slightly less painful; Same; Quite painful; Very painful

Does the new needle penetrate the skin more easily?

Yes, far more easily; Yes, a bit; No, not easily at all; Don't know

Have you noticed any difference in the needle of the pre-filled syringe?

Yes; No


Main Australian survey (n = 156)

Has it reduced the pain associated with injection?

Yes; No; Not indicated; Not tried

Did you notice the difference with the thinner needle?

Yes; No; Not indicated; Not yet tried


Danish survey (n = 14)

How painful are injections using the new pre-filled syringe?

Much less; Slightly less; Same; Slightly more; Much more


German survey (n = 109)

How painful are the new pre-filled syringes compared with the previous injections?

Much less painful; Slightly less painful; Same; Slightly more; Much more; No response


US survey (n = 78)

How would you compare pain with the trial syringe ...?

No difference; Much More; Somewhat more; Somewhat less; Much less

How would you compare ease of insertion of the trial syringe ...?

No difference; Much more difficult; Somewhat more difficult; Somewhat easier; Much easier

How does the trial syringe compare to the previous syringe ... is the trial syringe ...?

No difference; Much worse; Somewhat worse; Somewhat better; Much better

In future, which syringe would you prefer to use for your regular injections?

Trial; Previous

How would you compare injection-site reactions with the trial syringe?

No difference; Much more; Somewhat more; Somewhat less; Much less

How would you compare bruising with the trial syringe?

No difference; Much more; Somewhat more; Somewhat less; Much less

How would you compare stinging or burning with the trial syringe?

No difference; Much more; Somewhat more; Somewhat less; Much less


Jaber et al. BMC Neurology 2008 8:38   doi:10.1186/1471-2377-8-38

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