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The Effectiveness of Spiritual Qur’anic Emotional Freedom Technique (SQEFT) Intervence Against the Change of Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) on Patient with Schizophrenia

Citation: Rosyanti L., Hadi I., Tanra J., Islam A., The Effectiveness of Spiritual Qur’anic Emotional Freedom Technique (SQEFT) Intervence Against the Change of Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) on Patient with Schizophrenia. Humanistic Network for Science and Technology. Health Notions, Volume 2 Number 8 (August 2018) ISSN 2580-4936.

Link to Full Paper: http://heanoti.com/index.php/hn/article/view/hn20815


Dimension of spiritual nursing demands the role of nurse in order to give holistic treatment, combine physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimension. The psychospiritual intervention: SQEFT is intervention of psychospiritual combination that combines between spiritual Qur’anic therapy and psychological therapy of EFT, as additional spiritual intervention for patient with schizophrenia by not reducing any medical treatment program that the patient does. The objective of this research, in order to examine the influence of SQEFT Intervence Against The Change of BPRS on Patient with Schizophrenia. There were 7 mental patients skizoprenia participate of this research, who were diagnosed schizophrenia with psychiatry of DSM-IV-TR by psychiatric doctor with preliminary BPRS value scale in less than 60. The result test of Bonferroni showed that three groups had significant difference. There was a significant difference between non SQFET and SQEFT1, SQEFT2 with pvalue of 0.000. This difference showed that BPRS value moved lower significantly before being given SQEFT intervention, after being given SQEFT in stage 1 and SQEFT in stage 2. BPRS value that was lower showed psychological condition, schizophrenia patient’s cognitive condition which were better.

Craig’s Notes: This is the first known published paper exploring a form of EFT for the treatment of schizophrenia. Clearly this is not the standard or clinical form of EFT primarily utilized in most published studies. In this study, performed in Indonesia, 7 patients with psychiatriast diagnosed schizophrenia and treated with this integrated designed form of EFT combined with a psycho-spiritual approcach referred to as SQEFT. The investigators created an approach that included EFT in combinantion with Qur’anic therapy which included religious counseling, relaxed deep breathing to induce a state of muscle and mental relaxation, participant reciting and listening to spiritual verses of prayers from the Qur’an.

Treatment occurred over 4 weeks with single 60-80 minute sessions (and no control group).

The language/translation is challenged and the post intervention evaluation appears less than rigourous. It also clearly has no control group, no randomization and mixes 2 very different treatment approaches. That being said, perhaps this can be considered at least one indicator that holds promise for further evaluation of the use of EFT for those sufferening with schizophrenia.

The conclusion as written by the study authors: “Intervention of SQEFT in four weeks showed greater effect for decreasing the scale of psychological symptom and improvement in 18 variables of BPRS assessment. The group of SQEFT showed the increase and improvement in aspect of sincerity, patience, acceptence of the disease, motivation, enthusiasm, and cooperative ability with health workers and the environment of ability in self control during training program. SQEFT intervention was proved effective to help in curing schizophrenia patient, consistent with the result of conventional study which showed that Qur’anic therapy and EFT therapy were effective in healing psychological disorder. In addition, SQEFT intervention was very effective as a complementary therapy for schizophrenia patient which could be applied by all medical personnels, health workers, family, and society generally. There was a significant change in several scales of BPRS in fourth week rather than in first week which showed that the more often doing this intervention, the more showing the best effect, thus, this SQEFT intervention was expected to become a spiritual-psychological intervention as a procedure of complementary medical treatment that had been done by the patient which would be always implemented in units of mental care, hospital, family, and society.”