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Spiritual Emotional Freedom Technique intervention to reduce pain in cancer patients

Citation (APA Style): Hakam, M., Yetti, K., & Hariyati, T. S. (2009). Spiritual emotional freedom technique intervention to reduce pain in cancer patients. Makara Journal of Health Research, 13(2). doi:10.7454/msk.v13i2.375


Spiritual emotional freedom technique (SEFT) represents a combination technique from body’s energy system and spiritual therapy by tapping at certain points of the body. SEFT focuses on certain words or sentences pronounced several times in a rhythm, followed by resignation to God as in patient’s belief. This research was aimed to explore the effect of SEFT intervention on the cancer pain of patients at the Dr. Soetomo General Hospital in Surabaya. Quasi experimental were used in this study using pretest and posttest design with control group. Samples, 20 respondents (in 2 groups), were recruited using consecutive sampling. The intervention group received SEFT intervention combined with analgesic therapy and the control group was given only analgesic therapy. SEFT intervention was implemented after administrating analgesic, for 5-10 minutes every day during 5 days. Pain was measured using numeric rating scale (NRS). The combination SEFT intervention and analgesic therapy was more effective than only analgesic therapy. SEFT can be employed for cancer patients to relieve their pain. Nursing intervention with SEFT encourages nurse’s role autonomy and steps to reduce patient’s dependency on analgesic therapy.

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