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Psychological Symptom Change in Veterans After Six Sessions of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01117545
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 5, 2010
Last Update Posted : April 25, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute

Brief Summary:
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) has been shown to significantly reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression in a variety of clinical trials. This study examines the effect of a six session EFT protocol on the symptoms of veterans with clinical scores on the PTSD Checklist-Military (PCL-M). Subjects in the experimental group receive EFT coaching supplemental to, and supportive of, the "usual care" treatment provided by their primary care provider. Subjects in the wait list control group receive usual care for a month, with pre and posttests, after which they also receive the EFT coaching protocol. Subjects are followed at three month intervals to determine if gains are maintained, and whether the symptom reductions are similar to those observed in other trials of EFT.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic Behavioral: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 59 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Psychological Symptom Change in Veterans After Six Sessions of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A Randomized Controlled Trial
Actual Study Start Date : May 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: EFT
Six sessions of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Behavioral: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Six sessions of EFT

No Intervention: Wait List
One month wait period

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. PTSD Scores on the PCL-M Assessment [ Time Frame: One Month Before, At Start, After 3 and 6 Sessions, After 3 and 6 Months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Military Service
  • The ability to follow instructions, complete written forms, and provide informed consent.
  • Remaining under the care of a primary care provider such as a VA hospital throughout the entire period of the study
  • Between 18 and 90 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participants with a score of more than 3 on questions 34 and 35 of the Symptom Assessment-45 Questionnaire (SA-45) will receive phone/skype sessions, not office visits

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01117545

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United States, California
Soul Medicine Institute
Santa Rosa, California, United States, 95404
Sponsors and Collaborators
Soul Medicine Institute
Additional Information:
Publications of Results:
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Responsible Party: Dawson Church, Executive Director, Soul Medicine Institute Identifier: NCT01117545    
Other Study ID Numbers: SMI-PTSD-5410
First Posted: May 5, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 25, 2018
Last Verified: April 2018
Keywords provided by Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute:
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques),
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders