Implementation of EMDR(R) with cancer patients: Research


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR(R)), developed in 1987 and proved highly effective in treating psychological disturbances rooted in traumatic memories. It was hypothesised that EMDR(R) would enhance coping in patients traumatised by a cancer diagnosis and / or treatment, as indicated by their subjective responses and levels of depression, anxiety, satisfaction with life, positive-negative affect balance and sense of coherence. A descriptive multiple case-study method was implemented. Three cases were treated by EMDR(R) and three by a supportive method. Data collection was triangulised in terms of semi-structured interviews, quantitative measuring instruments and interviews by an external validator. Findings were consistently in favour of EMDR(R). The results confirmed EMDR(R)'s efficacy in terms of beneficial clinical outcomes on both objective and subjective measures of change






Elzabe Peters
Marie P. Wissing
Wynand  F. du Plessis

Original Work Citation

Peters, E., Wissing, M. P., & du Plessis, W. F. (2002, June). Implementation of EMDR(R) with cancer patients: Research. Health SA Gesondheid, 7(2), 100-109



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