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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
  Purpose

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.


Condition Intervention Phase
PTSD
Other: Supported Education
Phase 0

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Caregiver)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Supporting Education Goals of OIF/OEF Veterans With PTSD: Pilot Process & Outcome

Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 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 ]

Enrollment: 41
Study Start Date: November 2011
Study Completion Date: August 2012
Primary Completion Date: August 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Arm 1 Other: Supported Education
Rehabilitation counseling using peers to achieve educational goals

Detailed Description:

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.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • PTSD
  • OIF/OEF Service

Exclusion Criteria:

None

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01073657

Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford
Bedford, Massachusetts, United States, 01730
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Marsha Langer Ellison, PhD MSW Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01073657     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PPO 09-254
Study First Received: February 18, 2010
Last Updated: September 30, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
Rehabilitation

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on November 24, 2014