Prolonged Grief and Suicide Among Veterans

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
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Sponsor:
Collaborator:
University of Colorado, Denver
Information provided by:
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01247025
First received: November 22, 2010
Last updated: March 21, 2014
Last verified: March 2014
  Purpose

The primary research question in this study will ask, among those receiving outpatient mental health services (MHS) at the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System (ECHCS)/Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), how many suffer from Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD)? Here, it is hypothesized that PGD will occur within the sample. A secondary aim of this study will be to investigate how often PGD co-occurs with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or depression. Also, while PGD has been shown to have an effect on self-directed violence (SDV) among civilians (Prigerson, Bridge et al., 1999), no studies yet have examined the relationship between PGD and SDV among Veterans. Therefore, it also is hypothesized that as PGD severity increases among the Veteran sample, risk for SDV will increase as well. Additional research aims also will be addressed in this study. For one, it will be assessed which grief symptoms are most often reported among the Veteran sample. Also, no study has yet to examine if there are neuropsychological differences between PGD and PTSD. Therefore, another research question here is whether PGD indeed is neuropsychologically different from PTSD. Here, the exploratory hypothesis is that PGD sufferers will respond to a measure of multiple components of cognition (e.g., planning, sequencing, concentration, multitasking, and memory efficiency) in a manner that is significantly different from PTSD sufferers.


Condition Intervention
Prolonged Grief Disorder
Suicidality
Other: No intervention

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Examining Prolonged Grief Disorder and Its Relationship to Self-Directed Violence Among Veterans

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Further study details as provided by VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Prolonged Grief Disorder- 13 [ Time Frame: At least six months post-bereavement ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Adult Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Within past month ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: November 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: April 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Veterans
Veterans receiving mental health services at the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System (ECHCS)/Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
Other: No intervention
This study will not contain a specific intervention

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

The participants in this observational study will be all individuals willing and eligible among those seeking outpatient mental health services at the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System (ECHCS)/Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). It is expected that 180 participants will be enrolled in an effort to obtain up to 150 completed protocols. Women and minorities will be recruited as a routine part of the study. However, given the participant population within the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System (ECHCS)/Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), it is expected the majority of participants will be Caucasian men.

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18 and above
  • Not currently active duty in any branch of the military
  • English-speaking
  • Ability to adequately respond to specific questions regarding the informed consent procedure.
  • Active case in Mental Health Services (MHS) at the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System (ECHCS)/Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently active duty in any branch of the military
  • Non-English-speaking
  • Inability to adequately respond to questions regarding the informed consent procedure.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01247025

Locations
United States, Colorado
Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) / Denver VA Medical Center
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80220
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80220
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
University of Colorado, Denver
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Peter M Gutierrez, PhD VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Peter M. Gutierrez, Ph.D./ Clinical research Psychologist, VA VISN 19 MIRECC
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01247025     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: jrings1
Study First Received: November 22, 2010
Last Updated: March 21, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Pathologic Processes

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