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The effect of the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing intervention on anxiety and depression among patients undergoing hemodialysis: A randomized controlled trial

Fatemeh Rahimi, Nahid Rejeh, Tahereh Bahrami, Majideh Heravi-Karimooi, Seyed Davood Tadrisi, Pauline Griffiths, Mojtaba Vaismoradi
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care 2019 April 29
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PURPOSE: This study examined the effect of the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing intervention on depression and anxiety in patients undergoing hemodialysis.

DESIGN AND METHODS: In this randomized controlled trial, 90 patients were enrolled. The intervention group received six sessions of the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing intervention. Data were collected before and 2 weeks after the intervention using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale.

FINDINGS: Measured levels of anxiety and depression were significantly reduced in the intervention group compared with preintervention levels and to the control group.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Nurses can use the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing intervention in clinical practice in combination with psychotropic drugs for the reduction of depression and anxiety in patients undergoing hemodialysis.

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