Exposure Therapy for Veterans With PTSD and Panic Attacks (Phase 1)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: March 2, 2012
Last updated: October 21, 2014
Last verified: October 2014

To evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of Multiple Channel Exposure Therapy-Veterans (MCET-V) as a treatment for returning service members with comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic disorder (PD) in two phases. The first phase of the study will examine the feasibility and acceptability of MCET-V.

Condition Intervention Phase
Panic Attacks
Behavioral: Multiple Channel Exposure Therapy- Veterans
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Exposure Therapy for Veterans With PTSD and Panic Attacks (Phase 1)

Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) [ Time Frame: 1 week post-treatment and 3-month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • ADIS-IV [ Time Frame: 6 Months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 11
Study Start Date: March 2012
Study Completion Date: June 2013
Primary Completion Date: February 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm 1
MCET-V is a cognitive-behavioral treatment for persons with comorbid PTSD and panic attacks
Behavioral: Multiple Channel Exposure Therapy- Veterans
Individual therapy design completed twice a week over a 6-week period. The treatment will include psychoeducation about panic attacks and trauma and behavioral and cognitive exposure exercises.
Other Name: MCET-V

Detailed Description:

With the increasing number of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) veterans returning from war-zone areas, many will experience anxiety disorders such as PTSD and comorbid problems. Currently, about one in every six OIF/OEF veterans experiences PTSD and co-occurring PD. Although effective treatments exist for treating one or the other, we do not yet have treatments that can simultaneously target PTSD and PD. Thus, recent attention has focused on the development of multi-component treatments that simultaneously address PTSD and PD. This study is the first systematic investigation of a time-limited, multi-component cognitive-behavioral treatment for veterans with specific comorbid anxiety problems. The purpose of the first phase of the study is to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the multi-component cognitive-behavioral treatment in an open trial.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 64 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • being a veteran of any era;
  • being enrolled in the Trauma Recovery Program (TRP) at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC), with a current diagnosis of PTSD and PD;
  • being stable on psychotropic medication for 4 weeks before study participation; and
  • being at least 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • active substance dependence, or bipolar or psychotic disorders;
  • severe depression and active suicidal ideation and intent (based on Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV disorders [SCID-IV] & Beck Depression Inventory-2nd edition [BDI-II]);
  • cognitive impairment as indicated by the St. Louis University Mental Status exam (SLUMS); and
  • veterans currently receiving psychosocial treatment specifically targeting PTSD or panic symptoms.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01551199

United States, Texas
Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Ellen Teng, PhD Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01551199     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDA2-012-09F-1
Study First Received: March 2, 2012
Last Updated: October 21, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Panic Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 21, 2014