Effectiveness of Emotionally Focused Therapy on Anxiety in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease



Background: Anxiety provides the grounds for coronary heart disease (CHD) or aggravates the symptoms of the disease. The present study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of emotionally focused therapy (EFT) on anxiety in individuals with CHD.

Methods: The research method was semi-experimental with a pretest-posttest design, control group, and follow-up stages. The statistical population of the study consisted of all heart patients in Tehran, Iran, from among whom 30 participants were selected through convenience sampling method. The study sample was randomly divided into experimental and control groups (15 individuals in each group). The experimental group received EFT training in nine 60-minute sessions, and the control group remained on the waiting list. The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), developed by Beck, Epstein, Brown, and Steer (1988), was utilized to collect data in the pretest and posttest stages. Data analysis was conducted via descriptive and inferential statistics in SPSS software.

Results: According to the obtained results, heart patients in the experimental group showed lower anxiety levels after receiving EFT (P < 0.05).

Conclusion: Based on the results of this research, EFT can be an effective intervention in reducing anxiety in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD).


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How to Cite

Gili, S. (2021). Effectiveness of Emotionally Focused Therapy on Anxiety in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease. International Journal of Body, Mind and Culture, 8(4). Retrieved from https://ijbmc.org/index.php/ijbmc/article/view/301



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