Hoarding Older Adults

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01227057
First received: October 20, 2010
Last updated: April 7, 2014
Last verified: April 2014
  Purpose

The purpose of this investigation is to examine treatment outcome of a new intervention for hoarding in older adults compared to standard case management for hoarding. The new intervention combines exposure therapy and cognitive remediation.


Condition Intervention Phase
Compulsive Hoarding
Behavioral: Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure Therapy for Compulsive Hoarding
Behavioral: Case Management
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Treatment of Late Life Compulsive Hoarding

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Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Savings Inventory-Revised, UCLA Hoarding Severity Scale [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    hoarding severity


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Activities of Daily Living, Functional Disability Index, Clutter Image Rating Scale [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • DKEFS, CVLT-II, WAIS-IV subtests, WRAT-4 [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 52
Study Start Date: November 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm 1
Cognitive rehabilitation and exposure therapy for hoarding
Behavioral: Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure Therapy for Compulsive Hoarding
The intervention includes cognitive remediation for deficits in executive functioning and exposure therapy for discarding/acquiring.
Active Comparator: Arm 2
Case management
Behavioral: Case Management
Case management

Detailed Description:

Research has shown that hoarding disorder (HD) is debilitating chronic and progressive condition that has significant public health implications. Older adults represent the largest group of HD suffers due to increasing severity with age. Often, Veterans with HD are seen in the VA system and the status of their hoarding is never assessed. Providers are treating patients for other health and social service issues yet missing an important source of disability and distress. This insidious, often undetected condition leads to greater medical and social disability and is costly to the VA system as patients continue to decompensate. When HD is even detected, patients in the VA receive indefinite case management and inadequate treatment. The cases we know about have caused significant financial burden to our system. Most importantly, HD causes significant impairment and poor quality of life for our Veterans, particularly our older Veterans. Unfortunately, we know nothing about how to treat late life HD. Nor do we know how neurocognitive features impact treatment response, which we strongly suspect influence treatment outcome. HD is a potentially treatable source of disability in the VA system - one that the VA must research and treat. This study represents the first randomized controlled trial of a novel intervention for the treatment of HD in older Veterans. The main objective of this proposal is to further refine and test a new treatment for hoarding in older Veterans (age 60-85) which will be accomplished through a series of treatment development phases (case series, open labeled trial) and a randomized controlled trial. The new treatment (Cognitive Remediation and Exposure Therapy for hoarding; CogRET) is hypothesis driven and based on late life anxiety literature, consultation with mentors, results of the pilot study using a standard cognitive-behavioral intervention, and several case series that will be completed prior to the start of the CDA. The first draft of CogRET is complete and is currently being used with several case studies. The research and training plan is divided into 5 phases; 1) training and preparation 2) training, further case studies using CogRET, further modification of CogRET 3)training, open label trial of CogRET, further modification of CogRET 4) randomized controlled trial and 5) presenting, publishing, dissemination of results and submission of a VA Merit grant. Primary hypotheses include 1) when randomized to CogRET, older Veterans with HD will show significant decreases in acquisition, difficulty discarding, and excessive clutter compared to those randomized to case management and 2) executive functioning (EF) is a significant moderator of treatment response. Other mediators and moderates of treatment response (psychiatric, medical, demographic, etc.) will be explored.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years to 85 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Participants must be between the ages of 60 - 85 years old and meet clinical criteria for CH developed by the Steketee and Frost (2000) research group. These criteria include:

  • significant amount of clutter in active living spaces
  • the urge to collect, buy, or acquire things
  • an extreme reluctance to part with items
  • clutter accumulation that causes distress or interferes with functioning
  • symptom duration of at least 6 months
  • the reluctance to part with items is not accounted for by other psychiatric conditions.

To be enrolled, patients must have:

  • a score of 20 or greater on the UCLA Hoarding Severity Scale
  • 40 or greater on the Savings Inventory-Revised
  • severity rating of 4 or higher on the ADIS rating scales for clutter and difficulty discarding
  • and diagnosis confirmed at a consensus conference including at least two licensed professionals with expertise in CH (myself and at least one mentor).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals with moderate to severe cognitive deficits (scores below 23 on the MMSE) will be excluded.
  • Prospective participants must not have active substance abuse problems.
  • Participants will also be excluded if they are currently in other forms of psychotherapy.
  • Participants must have no change in any psychotropic medications for at least three months prior to the initial assessment.
  • Patients with current psychosis or mania will be excluded.
  • Mood and anxiety disorders are permitted as long as compulsive hoarding is the primary diagnosis.
  • Participants will are not eligible if they have active suicidal ideation, those participants will be given immediate medical or mental health attention.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01227057

Locations
United States, California
VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego
San Diego, California, United States, 92161
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Catherine R. Ayers, PhD VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01227057     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CSRD-068-10S
Study First Received: October 20, 2010
Last Updated: April 7, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
exposure therapy
case management
older adults
cognitive rehabilitation

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 23, 2014