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

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 2013 by Soul Medicine Institute
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01117545
First received: May 4, 2010
Last updated: December 2, 2013
Last verified: December 2013
  Purpose

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
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: 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

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by 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 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: May 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (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

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

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
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01117545

Locations
United States, California
Soul Medicine Institute Recruiting
Santa Rosa, California, United States, 95404
Contact: Deburah Tribbey, BS    707-237-6951    deb@soulmedicine.net   
Principal Investigator: Linda Geronilla, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Soul Medicine Institute
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dawson Church, Executive Director, Soul Medicine Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01117545     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SMI-PTSD-5410
Study First Received: May 4, 2010
Last Updated: December 2, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Soul Medicine Institute:
veterans,
PTSD,
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques),
depression,
anxiety

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 30, 2014