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Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Benign Headache

This study has been completed.
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VA Office of Research and Development Identifier:
First received: July 3, 2001
Last updated: January 20, 2009
Last verified: December 2003

Subjects with chronic migraine or tension headaches will receive 12 sessions of biofeedback or relaxation training after fulfilling screening, intake interviews, & psychological testing requirements. They will chart headache pain, anger level, & medication usage throughout baseline, treatment, and 3 month follow-up periods.

Migraine sufferers will receive a combination of progressive muscle relaxation training and thermal biofeedback (learning to warm hands). Subjects are randomly assigned to receive treatment either in the office with the therapist or from another room (where communication will be over a computer). The research is designed to compare the effectiveness of treatment based on location.

Tension headache sufferers will receive training in how to reduce their muscle tension levels. They will be randomly assigned to have equipment monitor muscle tension levels either in the forehead or shoulder regions. The research is designed to compare the effectiveness of feedback to the forehead versus the shoulder muscles.

Condition Intervention
Tension Headache
Stress Headache
Vascular Headache
Behavioral: Relaxation training & thermal biofeedback
Behavioral: Surface EMG biofeedback

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Benign Headache

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Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Study Start Date: April 1999
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2003

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Subjects must be at least 18 years old and have chronic headaches of any of the following types: migraine, coexisting migraine/tension, or tension. Participants must be intellectually intact and have no significant physical, neurological, or psychological problems. They must have seen a physician for their headaches within the past year. They must successfully complete screening/interview/testing process prior to admission to treatment.

All vascular headache subjects must meet the criteria for chronic migraine or coexisting migraine and tension type headache as set forth by the Headache Classification Committee of the International Headache Society.

All tension headache subjects must meet the criteria for either episodic or chronic tension headache set forth by the Headache Classification Committee, as well as the Ad Hoc Committee's criteria for tension headache.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00018811

United States, Georgia
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Augusta, Georgia, United States, 30904-6285
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
  More Information Identifier: NCT00018811     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MHBS-001-99S2
Study First Received: July 3, 2001
Last Updated: January 20, 2009

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
Relaxation Techniques
Behavior Therapy Feedback

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vascular Headaches
Tension-Type Headache
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Headache Disorders, Secondary
Headache Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Headache Disorders, Primary processed this record on May 23, 2017