Family Involvement in Treatment for PTSD

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00893152
First received: May 1, 2009
Last updated: July 18, 2013
Last verified: April 2012
  Purpose

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), prevalent among returning OEF/OIF/OND Veterans, has a powerful impact on family functioning. Good family relationships appear to moderate its impact; stressful relationships may reduce the benefits of treatment. A program that assists both Veteran and family in coping with the Veteran's PTSD could directly improve the Veteran's re-adjustment and well-being and indirectly improve his/her social and occupational functioning.


Condition
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Perspectives on Enhancing Family Involvement in Treatment for PTSD

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Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Qualitative Interviews - Perspectives on Family Involvement in PTSD Treatment [ Time Frame: Current ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 83
Study Start Date: November 2009
Study Completion Date: March 2012
Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
Group 1
Male veterans (focus groups and individual interviews)
Group 2
Female veterans (focus groups and individual interviews)
Group 3
Family members of participating veterans (focus groups and individual interviews)

Detailed Description:

Background: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a potentially severe and persistent condition that affects social, occupational and family functioning, is prevalent among returning OIF/OEF veterans. PTSD has a powerful impact on family functioning. Because good family relationships appear to moderate its impact, while stressful relationships may reduce the benefits of treatment, a program that enhances family functioning by assisting both veteran and family in coping with the veteran's PTSD could directly improve the veteran's adjustment and well-being, and indirectly improve his/her social and occupational functioning. Effective programs for OIF/OEF veterans are urgently needed. This study will address critical gaps in knowledge about relevant needs and preferences of OIF/OEF veterans and families, and how best to involve families in treatment.

Objectives: The specific aim of this project is to describe the needs and preferences of OIF/OEF service-era veterans with PTSD and their families relevant to family involvement in care.

Methods: This two-site study was conducted at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS, Little Rock, AR) and Oklahoma City (OKC) VAMCs. Qualitative (focus-group or individual) interviews were conducted with 47 Veterans (33 CAVHS, 14 OKC) and 36 Veteran-designated family members (19 CAVHS/17 OKC). Veterans were eligible if they were 18-65 years of age, had served in Iraq or Afghanistan since October 2001, had received treatment for PTSD at the CAVHS or OKC VAMCs in the previous 12 months, and had an adult family member who might be willing to participate in an interview. Family was defined broadly to include relatives, significant others, and friends the Veteran considered "as close as family." Interviews addressed perceived needs related to the Veteran's readjustment to civilian life, desires for family involvement in treatment, types of services that were/would have been helpful and attractive during readjustment, as well as logistic considerations (e.g., frequency of meetings). Qualitative data were analyzed using the techniques of constant comparison and content analysis. Demographic data, deployment data, and data on preferred program structure and format were collected via an anonymous paper-and-pencil questionnaire administered following the qualitative interview.

Status: Data collection and analysis of main themes are complete. In depth analysis of additional themes is ongoing.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Veteran participants were OIF/OEF veterans receiving outpatient treatment for PTSD at the Little Rock or Oklahoma City VAMCs. Each veteran participant was asked to designate an adult family member/friend to participate in a separate interview.

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Veteran:

  1. Age 18-65;
  2. 2 or more inpatient or outpatient mental health contacts at LR or OKC VAMC in the previous 12 months with a primary diagnosis of PTSD;
  3. Served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 10/7/01;
  4. Have a family member who may be willing to participate in the focus group.

Family:

  1. Age > 18
  2. English speaking
  3. Be the designated "family member" of a participating veteran

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Non-English speaking
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00893152

Locations
United States, Arkansas
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center, Little Rock, AR
No. Little Rock, Arkansas, United States, 72114-1706
United States, Oklahoma
VA Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73104
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Ellen P. Fischer, PhD Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (North Little Rock)
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00893152     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DHI 08-097, CAVHS 0156_2008I
Study First Received: May 1, 2009
Last Updated: July 18, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

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

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