Writing About Disease: Effect on Rehabilitation?
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00251420|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 10, 2005
Last Update Posted : May 7, 2009
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|COPD Asthma||Procedure: writing about disease|
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients (age 35-70) and asthma patients (age 20-60) referred to a 4 weeks inpatient rehabilitation program - who agree to participate in the project - are randomly assigned to one of three conditions:
- Writing about emotional consequences of their disease before the program starts
- Writing about physical consequences of their disease before the program starts
- Not writing
All patients are measured (completing questionnaires at home) on: perceived quality of life, perceived health status and trait anxiety - 2 weeks before the program, 2 weeks after the program and 6 months after the program. FEV1 and 6 min walking distance are measured at the beginning and by the end of the program.
In addition to questionnaires, all patients are asked to:
- Write in their own words ( 2 weeks after) to evaluate their stay at the rehabilitation clinic; and
- Write in their own words (6 months after) about how the disease affects their life at that point.
Both quantitative and qualitative data will be used for analysis purposes.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||180 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Writing About Disease: Effect on Rehabilitation?|
|Study Start Date :||December 2005|
|Study Completion Date :||December 2007|
Procedure: writing about disease
- Quality of life [ Time Frame: prospective ]
- Perceived health status [ Time Frame: prospective ]
- Trait anxiety [ Time Frame: prospective ]
- Forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) [ Time Frame: prospective ]
- 6-minute walking distance [ Time Frame: prospective ]
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00251420
|Hakadal, Akershus, Norway, 1485|
|Principal Investigator:||Einar Haave, Cand Psychol||LHL Helse|