Can Matrix Reimprinting Be Effective in the Treatment of Emotional Conditions in a Public Health Setting? Results of a U.K. Pilot Study
Antony Stewart, Elizabeth Boath, Angela Carryer – Staffordshire University
Ian Walton – Horseley Heath Medical Centre
Lisa Hill – Sandwell Primary Care Trust
Diane Phillips – Swadlincote, West Midlands, UK
Karl Dawson – Studley, West Midlands, UK
This pilot study was carried out to establish the feasibility and effectiveness of Matrix Reimprinting (MR). A dedicated MR/ Emotional Freedom Techniques service was delivered in a community setting within the National Health Service in the metropolitan borough of Sandwell, United Kingdom.
Over a 15-month period, the study followed clients accessing the service for a range of emotional conditions. At the start and end of their treatment, clients were asked to complete the CORE-10 (psychological distress; main outcome variable), Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (WEMWBS; mental well-being), Rosenberg Self Esteem and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS; anxiety and depression) measurement scales.
24 clients were included in the MR pilot study, and the mean number of sessions attended was 8.33 (Mdn = 6.5). There were both statistically and clinically significant improvements for CORE-10 (52% change, p < .001), Rosenberg Self-Esteem (46% change, p < .001), HADS Anxiety (35% change, p = .007), and HADS total score (34% change, p = .011) and a statistically significant improvement for WEMWBS (30% change, p < .001). All MR clients showed clinical improvements.
Despite the limited sample size and other limitations, significant improvements were shown. The results support the potential of MR as a cost-effective treatment to reduce the burden of a range of physical and psychological disorders. Further larger studies are called for, with protocols to minimize dropouts.
Keywords: Matrix Reimprinting (MR), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), therapy, emotion, trauma, anxiety
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