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

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Verified December 2015 by Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute
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Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute Identifier:
First received: May 4, 2010
Last updated: December 24, 2015
Last verified: December 2015
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 Intervention
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic Behavioral: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: 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

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Further study details as provided by Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute:

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

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: May 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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: NCT01117545

United States, California
Soul Medicine Institute Recruiting
Santa Rosa, California, United States, 95404
Contact: Deburah Tribbey, BS    707-237-6951   
Principal Investigator: Linda Geronilla, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Soul Medicine Institute
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Additional Information:
Church, D., Hawk, C., Brooks, A., Toukolehto, O., Wren, M., Dinter, I., & Stein, P. (2009, September). Psychological trauma in veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A randomized controlled trial. These data were presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Seattle, Washington, April 7-10, 2010. Church, D. (2009a). The treatment of combat trauma in veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A pilot protocol. Traumatology, 16:1.

Responsible Party: Dawson Church, Executive Director, Soul Medicine Institute Identifier: NCT01117545     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SMI-PTSD-5410
Study First Received: May 4, 2010
Last Updated: December 24, 2015

Keywords provided by Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute:
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques),

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017