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Anxiety and Depression Levels in Cancer Patients After Self-Application of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified November 2014 by Soul Medicine Institute
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute Identifier:
First received: August 18, 2008
Last updated: November 17, 2014
Last verified: November 2014

Anxiety and depression have been found to be significant co-occurring conditions in cancer patients. This study examines these and other psychological conditions in patients diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct, with an average survival time of three to six months post-diagnosis. Participants are taught EFT in a telephone and internet group coaching session, prior to which they complete the SA-45, a 45 item questionnaire, and the ISI or Insomnia Severity Index. The SA-45 has nine subscales for such conditions as anxiety, depression, hostility and psychoticism, as well as two primary scales to determine the breadth and severity of psychological distress. Self-assessed pain severity will also be measured on a Likert-type scale. The study is expected to enroll 10 to 15 cholangiocarcinoma patients, and use a within-subjects, time series, repeated measures design. Symptoms are assessed prior to coaching, after four, and again after eight weekly coaching sessions. It is hypothesized that a drop in the severity of co-occurring psychological symptoms, pain and insomnia may occur after EFT coaching.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Lifestyle Counseling with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Phase 0

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Anxiety and Depression Levels in Cancer Patients After Self-Application of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

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Further study details as provided by Soul Medicine Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • depression [ Time Frame: duration of study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • anxiety [ Time Frame: duration of study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • pain [ Time Frame: duration of study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • insomnia [ Time Frame: duration of study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 14
Study Start Date: September 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Lifestyle Counseling with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Behavioral: Lifestyle Counseling with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Two series of four sessions of phone support group coaching instruction in the use of EFT


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 89 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma
  • Ability to complete forms and attend phone coaching sessions

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00737399

Contact: Dawson Church, PhD 707 237 6951
Contact: Deburah Tribbey 707 237 6951

United States, California
Soul Medicine Institute Recruiting
Santa Rosa, California, United States, 95403
Contact: Dawson Church, PhD    707-237-6951   
Contact: Deb Tribbey    707 237 6951   
Principal Investigator: Dawson Church, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Soul Medicine Institute
Principal Investigator: Dawson Church, PhD Soul Medicine Institute
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Dawson Church, Principal Investigator, Soul Medicine Institute Identifier: NCT00737399     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SMI-CHOL-82008
Study First Received: August 18, 2008
Last Updated: November 17, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders processed this record on November 25, 2014