Chronic Life Stress and Incident Asthma in Adult Women
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00006498|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 17, 2000
Last Update Posted : March 16, 2016
|Condition or disease|
|Asthma Lung Diseases|
Etiologies of the rising prevalence and morbidity of asthma are not well understood. Knowledge gaps are particularly significant with respect to adult-onset asthma. The role of stress in the expression of asthma is largely unexplored in large-scale, prospective, epidemiologic studies and such investigation has been identified as a priority by a recent NHLBI expert panel.
The study prospectively examines the association between a specific chronic life stressor (i.e., intimate violence exposure) and adult asthma in women participating in the Nurses' Health Study II cohort. Emerging epidemiologic data suggest that exposure to intimate violence is a pervasive chronic life stressor associated with adverse impact on womens' psychological and physical health. Traumatic stress such as that related to intimate violence exposure has been associated with neuroendocrine changes known to cause alterations in neuroendocrine and immune functions important to the pathophysiology of inflammatory diseases including asthma. The investigators are testing the hypothesis that women exposed to high-level chronic stress (violence) will be at greater risk for asthma development than women with low-level stress (violence) exposure. The influence of chronic stress on neuroendocrine and immune function as reflected in morning cortisol expression, for the former, and cytokine profiles and IgE production (T-helper cell polarization), for the latter, will also be examined in a nested case control fashion among these women.
The study completion date listed in this record was obtained from the "End Date" entered in the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) record.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Study Start Date :||September 2000|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||August 2005|
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00006498
|OverallOfficial:||Rosalind Wright||Brigham and Women's Hospital|