Healing Touch & Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton California
Information provided by:
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01348750
First received: May 3, 2011
Last updated: May 4, 2011
Last verified: May 2011
  Purpose

This is a randomized controlled 2 year trial at Camp Pendleton, CA to determine whether a complementary medicine intervention (Healing Touch with Guided Imagery, HT+GI) reduces Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms as compared to treatment as usual (TAU) in returning combat-exposed active duty military with significant PTSD symptoms. Secondary aims will evaluate the effect of HT and GI on measures of depression, hostility, and general health status in this population.


Condition Intervention
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Other: Healing Touch & Guided Imagery

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Healing Touch and Guided Imagery Intervention in Post-deployment Military Personnel With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

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Further study details as provided by Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 17-item PTSD Checklist (Military)is used to determine the effect of the intervention [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided imagery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression (Beck Depression Inventory) [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided imagery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Quality of Life (SF36) [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided imagery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Hostility (Cook-Medley Hostility Inventory) [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 123
Study Start Date: July 2008
Study Completion Date: August 2010
Primary Completion Date: July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Group A
This group receives 6 Healing Touch & Guided Imagery treatments in addition to standard medical care.
Other: Healing Touch & Guided Imagery

Healing Touch (HT) is an energy based approach to health and healing. It uses light touch to influence the energy field that surrounds the body, and the energy centers which control the flow of energy to the physical body.

HT complements traditional health care and is used together with other approaches to health and healing.

Guided Imagery (GI) is a form of focused relaxation used to create harmony between the mind and body. Positive mental imagery can promote relaxation, reduce stress and improve mood as well as alter heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.

No Intervention: Group B
This group receives standard medical care but NO Healing Touch and Guided Imagery.

Detailed Description:

The study enrolled 123 active duty subjects from the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California with at least one or more symptoms of PTSD .

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Female or male subjects 18 years or older
  2. Post-deployment from a combat zone
  3. Identified by post-deployment health re-assessment to have PTSD symptoms
  4. Referred by Camp Pendleton
  5. Subjects who are willing to sign a consent
  6. Subjects who are willing to participate for the length of the study

Exclusions:

  1. Female subjects who are now pregnant or nursing
  2. Subjects who are receiving healing touch or using guided imagery from other sources
  3. Subjects who have any major health condition that may interfere with participating in this study
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01348750

Locations
United States, California
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
La Jolla, California, United States, 92037
Sponsors and Collaborators
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton California
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Erminia M Guarneri, MD Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Erminia M. Guarneri, MD, Medical Director, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01348750     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PTSD_HSC07_4684
Study First Received: May 3, 2011
Last Updated: May 4, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine:
PTSD
Healing Touch
Guided Imagery
Military
Complementary Medicine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Pathologic Processes
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders

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