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The effect of emotional freedom technique on stress and anxiety in nursing students: A pilot study.

A pilot study conducted at the Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Charlotte, NC, USA suggested that the application of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) aka Tapping can be an effective tool in reducing anxiety and stress in nursing students.

The Effects of EFT on Stress and Anxiety in Nursing Students

2016: Journal Nurse EducationToday

Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Charlotte, NC, USA. Electronic address:



Stress and anxiety have been identified as significant issues experienced by student nurses during their education. Some studies have suggested that the stress experienced by nursing students is greater than that experienced by medical students, other non-nursing healthcare students, degreed nurses, and the female population in general. A recently introduced energy type therapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), has shown some success in reducing symptoms of anxiety, stress, and fear in a variety of settings.


The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of EFT in decreasing anxiety and stress as a potential intervention to assist students in stress management.

RESULTS: Decreases in anxiety as measured on both the STAI and PSS were statistically significant (p=.05). For PSS, STAI state and trait data, the reduction in self-reported stress was statistically significant with a mean difference baseline to week 4. Qualitative data suggested that nursing students experienced a decrease in feelings of stress and anxiety including a decrease in somatic symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS: Overall, findings suggested that EFT can be an effective tool for stress management and anxiety relief in nursing students.

Read the Study Here

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