Thought Field Therapy for Blood-Injection-Injury Phobia: A Pilot Study

doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2012.4.1.DD

By Dale Darby & John Hartung


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 posttest and on 1-month follow-up.

The results are consistent with other reports of TFTs efficacy in reducing fear symptoms and warrant the design of a randomized trial to determine whether TFT is efficacious when tested under controlled conditions.

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