Effectiveness and Neuropsychological Predictors of Guided Self-Help for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified March 2013 by Hartford Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hartford Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: August 3, 2012
Last updated: March 18, 2013
Last verified: March 2013

The primary aim of this study is to learn about who is most likely to benefit from guided self-help (GSH) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Condition Intervention
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Behavioral: "OCFighter"

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effectiveness and Neuropsychological Predictors of Guided Self-Help for OCD

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Further study details as provided by Hartford Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) [ Time Frame: Change in Y-BOCS will be assessed over the course of the 17 week treatment trial, then again three months and six months after the treatment. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The Y-BOCS is a semi-structured interview that assesses severity of obsessions and compulsions.

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: August 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: OCFighter
Behavioral: "OCFighter"
OCFighter™ s an interactive, internet guided self-help (GSH) treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It uses the evidence based approach known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and was adapted from the previously validated BT STEPS program for OCD. The program teaches the best practice CBT technique to help with OCD called exposure with ritual prevention (ERP).
Other Names:
  • OCFighter
  • Guided Self-help

Detailed Description:

40 Participants with OCD will be recruited. They will be given access to OC Fighter, an internet OCD treatment program. During the 17 week program, participants will meet with a therapist 9 times. Assessments will occur at pretreatment, post-treatment, 3-month follow up and 6-month follow up.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 69 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Principal or co-principal diagnosis of OCD
  • Clinical global impression score greater than or equal to 4
  • Y-BOCS score great than or equal to 16
  • Fluency in English
  • Capacity to understand the nature of the study and willingness to sign informed consent form

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Active manic episode, psychosis, pervasive developmental disorder, mental retardation
  • Concurrent OCD psychotherapy
  • Current threat of harm to self or others
  • Previous adequate trial of therapist-administered or self-administered exposure and response prevention for OCD
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01659125

Contact: Gretchen Diefenbach, Ph.D. 860-545-7396 GDiefen@Harthosp.org

United States, Connecticut
Hartford Hospital Recruiting
Hartford, Connecticut, United States, 06106
Contact: Gretchen Diefenbach, Ph.D.    860-545-7396    GDiefen@harthosp.org   
Principal Investigator: Gretchen Diefenbach, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hartford Hospital
Principal Investigator: Gretchen Diefenbach, Ph.D. Hartford Hospital
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Hartford Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01659125     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DIEF003581HI
Study First Received: August 3, 2012
Last Updated: March 18, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Compulsive Personality Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders
Personality Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 20, 2014