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Supporting Education Goals of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) Veterans With PTSD: Pilot Process and Outcome (SEd Pilot)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01073657
First received: February 18, 2010
Last updated: September 30, 2014
Last verified: September 2014

February 18, 2010
September 30, 2014
November 2011
August 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Number of hours per month spent in activities related to acquiring an education goal e.g., preparing applications, attending classes. Hours will be logged on a tally sheet adapted from the "Supported Education Process Measure" (Corrigan, 2009). [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Number of hours per month spent in activivites related to acquiring an education goal e.g., preparing applications, attending classes. Hours will be logged on a tally sheet adapted from the "Supported Education Process Measure" (Corrigan, 2009). [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
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Supporting Education Goals of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) Veterans With PTSD: Pilot Process and Outcome
Supporting Education Goals of OIF/OEF Veterans With PTSD: Pilot Process & Outcome

The goal of this project is to gather data necessary for a full scale trial of a supported education service for OIF/OEF veterans with PTSD. Forty Veterans with PTSD will be randomly assigned to an intervention group (N=20) that receives a weekly supported education intervention and a control group that receives services as usual plus an hour of attentive intervention not focused on education. We will assess and compare the number of hours of participation in community education settings and on acquiring an educational goal for the Veterans in each group.

Goal: The goal of this project is to gather data on feasibility and effect size necessary for a full scale trial of a supported education service for Operation Iraq and Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) veterans with PTSD that will contribute to its evidence-base. Supported education is a rehabilitation and recovery based intervention that is new to VHA services and that responds to an expressed but unmet need among these warriors with war-related trauma. We propose to conduct a pilot of a supported education service and employ a process and outcome evaluation.

Anticipated Impacts on Veterans Healthcare: Veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) possess educational aspirations. Due to limited education and disability adjustment, many such veterans unsuccessfully locate employment or obtain entry level jobs with limited advancement opportunities. Even with current GI Bill funding increases, veterans experience non-financial barriers to their pursuit of educational goals. Supported education is a strategy developed within the civilian population that facilitates skill, career, and educational goals within post-secondary educational settings. It has been shown to increase educational engagement, participation, and completion, as well as improve empowerment and school efficacy. We hypothesize that supported education tailored to returning Veterans will result in similar outcomes.

Aims and Objectives: The goal of this project is to gather data necessary for a full scale trial of a supported education service for OIF/OEF veterans with PTSD. The following are the aims and objectives:

Aim 1: Using a randomized controlled design, assess the magnitude of the effect of a supported education service on hours of participation in community educational settings and on acquiring an educational goal. Objective: Assess the number of hours of participation in community education settings and on acquiring an educational goal for 40 Veterans with PTSD who are randomly assigned to an intervention group (N=20) that receives a weekly supported education intervention and a control group that receives services as usual plus an hour of attentive intervention not focused on education.

Aim 2. To examine whether the supported education intervention has secondary effects for improving PTSD symptoms and attitudes on recovery. Objective: Conduct pre- and post assessments of recovery attitudes and of PTSD symptoms, and then compare the control and intervention group for changes in these scores.

Aim 3. To acquire additional process information on the design and implementation of a supported education service necessary for a successful larger trial. Objective: Conduct a process evaluation of the implementation strategies for: participant recruitment, participant drop-out, technician training procedures, technician recovery promoting competence, and curriculum content and pacing using a standardized assessment, exit interviews, peer notes and study records.

Interventional
Phase 0
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Caregiver)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
PTSD
Other: Supported Education
Rehabilitation counseling using peers to achieve educational goals
Arm 1
Intervention: Other: Supported Education
Ellison ML, Mueller L, Smelson D, Corrigan PW, Torres Stone RA, Bokhour BG, Najavits LM, Vessella JM, Drebing C. Supporting the education goals of post-9/11 veterans with self-reported PTSD symptoms: a needs assessment. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2012 Winter;35(3):209-17. doi: 10.2975/35.3.2012.209.217.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
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August 2012
August 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • PTSD
  • OIF/OEF Service

Exclusion Criteria:

None

Both
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United States
 
NCT01073657
PPO 09-254
No
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
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Principal Investigator: Marsha Langer Ellison, PhD MSW Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford
Department of Veterans Affairs
September 2014

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