Darby, D. & Hartung, J. (2012). Thought field therapy for blood-injection-injury phobia: A pilot study. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 4(1), 25-32. doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2012.4.1.DD
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Blood-injection-injury phobia, or needle phobia, may affect 10% of a population, at times leading to life-threatening impairment when people avoid needle-mediated prevention or treatment.
Twenty needle-phobic persons, serving as their own controls, were treated for 1 hr with Thought Field Therapy (TFT). Symptoms were assessed using the Fear Schedule Survey and a Likert scale.
Significant improvement in symptoms was noted from pre- to post-test and on 1-month follow-up. The results are consistent with other reports of TFT’’s efficacy in reducing fear symptoms and warrant the design of a randomized trial to determine whether TFT is efficacious when tested under controlled conditions.