Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as a treatment for tinnitus

Phillips, John S., Erskine, Sally, Moore, Tal, Nunney, Ian and Wright, Catherine (2019) Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as a treatment for tinnitus. Laryngoscope, 129 (10). pp. 2384-2390. ISSN 0023-852X

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Objectives/Hypothesis: To determine the effectiveness of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment for tinnitus. Study Design: Single-site prospective interventional clinical trial at a university hospital in the United Kingdom. Methods: Participants were provided with tEMDR. This is a bespoke EMDR protocol that was developed specifically to treat individuals with tinnitus. Participants received a maximum of 10 sessions of tEMDR. Outcome measures including tinnitus questionnaires and mood questionnaires were recorded at baseline, discharge, and at 6 months postdischarge. Results: Tinnitus Handicap Inventory and Beck Depression Inventory scores demonstrated a statistically significant improvement at discharge after EMDR intervention (P =.0005 and P =.0098, respectively); this improvement was maintained at 6 months postdischarge. There was also a moderate but not significant (P =.0625) improvement in Beck Anxiety Inventory scores. Conclusions: This study has demonstrated that the provision of tEMDR has resulted in a clinically and statistically significant improvement in tinnitus symptoms in the majority of those participants who took part. Furthermore, the treatment effect was maintained at 6 months after treatment ceased. This study is of particular interest, as the study protocol was designed to be purposefully inclusive of a diverse range of tinnitus patients. However, as a small uncontrolled study, these results do not consider the significant effects of placebo and therapist interaction. Larger high-quality studies are essential for the verification of these preliminary results. Level of Evidence: 4 Laryngoscope, 2019.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: eye movement desensitization and reprocessing,neurotology,quality of life,tinnitus,otorhinolaryngology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2733
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Norwich Clinical Trials Unit
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2023 11:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71365
DOI: 10.1002/lary.27841

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