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Polarity Therapy for American Indian Caregivers of Dementia Patients

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: December 22, 2004
Last updated: April 21, 2008
Last verified: April 2008
The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of polarity therapy (PT), a complementary and alternative medicine treatment, in American Indian caregivers living in the Pacific Northwest.

Condition Intervention Phase
Stress Depression Anxiety Procedure: Polarity therapy Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Polarity Therapy for Dementia Caregivers

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Perceived stress

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: August 2004
Study Completion Date: April 2007
Primary Completion Date: April 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

The caregivers of people with dementia experience high levels of stress and are at particularly high risk for physical and mental illness. Although stress and illness are serious problems among American Indian caregivers in the Northwest, few studies have concentrated on this population. PT is a treatment that involves awareness of one's energy field and touch therapy; it has been shown to provide several physiological, biological, and psychological benefits. This study will determine whether PT is more effective than respite from caregiving in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression and improving health function and overall quality of life in American Indian caregivers.

Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either eight weekly sessions of PT or 3 hours of weekly respite from caregiving for 8 weeks. At the beginning of the study and at Weeks 4 and 8, participants will complete questionnaires and self-report scales on stress, anxiety, depression, and quality of life. In addition, heart rate variability and levels of cortisol will be measured at study entry and Weeks 4 and 8.


Ages Eligible for Study:   35 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Caregiver of a family member with dementia for at least 4 hours a day
  • American Indian

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Nerve disorders caused by diabetes
  • Use of beta blockers
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00100035

United States, Washington
Center for World Indigenous Studies
Olympia, Washington, United States, 98502
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Leslie E. Korn, PhD, MPH Center for World Indigenous Studies
  More Information

Additional Information: Identifier: NCT00100035     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT001627-01A1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: December 22, 2004
Last Updated: April 21, 2008

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Complementary Therapies

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 18, 2017