EFT “Evidence Supported,” Not Evidence Based…Yet


The EFT Universe website published this news flash last week: “The current status of EFT as an “evidence-based” practice is summarized in this statement published in the APA journal Review of General Psychology: “A literature search identified 50 peer-reviewed papers that report or investigate clinical outcomes following the tapping of acupuncture points to address psychological issues. The 17 randomized controlled trials in this sample were critically evaluated for design quality, leading to the conclusion that they consistently demonstrated strong effect sizes and other positive statistical results that far exceed chance after relatively few treatment sessions. Criteria for evidence-based treatments proposed by Division 12 of the American Psychological Association were also applied and found to be met for a number of conditions, including PTSD.” (Feinstein, 2012″

This is wonderful news in that it takes EFT a big-daddy step closer to being approved as the gold-standard “evidence-based” designation by the American Psychological Association. Unfortunately, the way the EFT Universe news flash was written left the impression that the APA had actually given that designation, but that is not yet the case. A lot of us did not carefully read that David Feinstein’s comment simply said that this study found that the criteria was met.  Alas, the APA has not yet decided EFT is evidence-based.This is the link to the full paper to be published

So we got a little excited. But all the hubub does not lessen the great achievement of having this study that affirms EFT’s effectiveness published in an official APA journal. We have not yet reached the Promised Land of evidence based practice. But we are ever so much closer!



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