Metaanalyses

Van Etten & Taylor (1998) was a meta-analysis of all treatments for PTSD, which indicated that behaviour therapy, SSRIs, and EMDR were the most effective forms of treatment. They also specified that EMDR appeared to be the 'more efficient' form of therapy, given that EMDR necessitated one third the amount of time to achieve its effects compared to outcomes reported in behaviour therapy research.

Davidson & Parker (2001) in a meta-analysis covering a smaller number of studies, examined EMDR with a variety of populations and measures. Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing was found to be effective, but not superior to other exposure techniques, and no incremental effect of eye movements was noted when EMDR was compared with the same procedure without them.

Maxfield & Hyer (2002) in a meta-analysis of all PTSD outcome studies with EMDR found studies with greater scientific rigour yielded larger effect sizes, and that there was a significant correlation between effect size and treatment fidelity.

Bradley et al. (2005) in a meta-analysis of studies on psychotherapy for PTSD between 1980 and 2003 found that EMDR and cognitive behaviour therapy were both effective treatments for PTSD, and were equally effective.

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