Investigating the effect of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) on postoperative pain intensity in adolescents undergoing surgery: a randomized controlled trial

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Maroufi, Mohsen, Zamani, Shahla, Izadikhah, Zahra, Marofi, Maryam and O'Connor, Peter. 2016. "Investigating the effect of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) on postoperative pain intensity in adolescents undergoing surgery: a randomized controlled trial." Journal of Advanced Nursing. 72 (9), pp. 2207-2217. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.12985
Article Title

Investigating the effect of Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing (EMDR) on postoperative pain intensity in adolescents undergoing surgery: a randomized controlled trial

ERA Journal ID14101
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMaroufi, Mohsen (Author), Zamani, Shahla (Author), Izadikhah, Zahra (Author), Marofi, Maryam (Author) and O'Connor, Peter (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Advanced Nursing
Journal Citation72 (9), pp. 2207-2217
Number of Pages11
Year2016
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0309-2402
1365-2648
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.12985
Web Address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.12985/abstract
Abstract

Aim. To investigate the efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for postoperative pain management in adolescents.

Background. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an inexpensive, non-pharmacological intervention that has successfully been used to treat chronic pain. It holds promise in the treatment of acute, postsurgical pain based on its purported effects on the brain and nervous system.

Design. A randomized controlled trial was used.

Methods. Fifty-six adolescent surgical patients aged between 12-18 years were allocated to gender-balanced Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
(treatment) or non-Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (control)groups. Pain was measured using the Wong-Baker FACES� Pain Rating Scale (WBFS) before and after the intervention (or non-intervention for the control
group).

Findings. A Wilcoxon signed-rank test demonstrated that the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing group experienced a significant reduction in
pain intensity after treatment intervention, whereas the control group did not. Additionally, a Mann–Whitney U-test showed that, while there was no significant
difference between the two groups at time 1, there was a significant difference in pain intensity between the two groups at time 2, with the Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing group experiencing lower levels of pain.

Conclusion. These results suggest that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing may be an effective treatment modality for postoperative pain.

Keywordsadolescent health, EMDR, experiment, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, nursing, pain, surgery
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020429999. Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
520406. Sensory processes, perception and performance
529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
420506. Sub-acute care
520299. Biological psychology not elsewhere classified
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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Second place winner for the USQ School-Specific 2016 Publication Excellence Awards for Journal Articles - School of Psychology and Counselling.
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Byline AffiliationsIsfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Islamic Azad University, Iran
School of Psychology and Counselling
Queensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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