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Keywords:

  • Clinical efficacy;
  • eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

TOPIC. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

PURPOSE. To examine the available evidence base for EMDR treatment in psychiatric nursing practice.

SOURCES. Evidenced-based research findings, published case and anecdotal reports, and primary source documents on the development of the treatment method.

CONCLUSIONS. EMDR use remains controversial. Although it is safe, little is known regarding the mechanism of action of any therapeutic effect; more rigorous empirical establishment of efficacy is needed.