Emotional freedom techniques (EFT) as a practice for supporting chronic disease healthcare: A practitioners’ perspective

Mahima Kalla, Margaret Simmons, Anske Robinson, Peta Stapleton

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Purpose: The objective of the present study was to explore Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioners’ experiences of using EFT to support chronic disease patients. This was part of a larger study exploring chronic disease patients’ and EFT practitioners’ experiences of using EFT to support chronic disease healthcare. Methods: A qualitative approach was deemed suitable for this study. Eight practitioners were interviewed using semi-structured interviews via telephone or Zoom (an online video-conferencing platform). Interviews were transcribed verbatim and data was analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis methodology. Results and conclusion: This article presents two super-ordinate themes which explore application of EFT for addressing emotional issues faced by chronic disease patients, and for management of physical symptoms, respectively. Chronic disease patients may benefit from a holistic biopsychosocial, patient-centered healthcare approach. EFT offers potential as a technique that may be used by health practitioners to support the psychosocial aspect of chronic disease healthcare.Implications for RehabilitationRehabilitation professionals should incorporate suitable psychological interventions (e.g., EFT) to improve coping and acceptance in physical chronic disease patients and alleviate their fears about the future.Rehabilitation professionals are also recommended to address in chronic disease patients, long-standing or unresolved emotional issues, including past traumas from early life, using EFT or another suitable intervention.Rehabilitation professionals should help improve patients’ emotional states using EFT to enhance physical symptom management.

LanguageEnglish
Pages1654-1662
Number of pages9
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Volume40
Issue number14
Early online date27 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018

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