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Yoga as a Therapy for Traumatic Experiences

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00269490
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 23, 2005
Last Update Posted : January 28, 2008
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Information provided by:
Samueli Institute for Information Biology

Brief Summary:
The purpose of the proposed research is to conduct a feasibility study of yoga as an adjunctive therapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 15 military personnel at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington, DC. Participants will complete 10 weeks of yoga training, in addition to the continuing their usual and customary care for PTSD at WRAMC. The style of yoga chosen for this study, Yoga Nidra, uses deep relaxation, deep breathing and meditation to systematically reduce physical, emotional, mental, and even subconscious tension. After a diagnostic mental health assessment at baseline, participants will attend a total of 18 classes taught over a 10-week period and will practice daily at home using a compact disk provided by the instructor. Baseline measures will include the Patient Health Questionnaire, PD-HAT Trauma Questions, PTSD Symptom Scale - Interview, Fear of Loss of Vigilance Scale, and expectation of efficacy. The primary outcome measure will be the PTSD Checklist. Changes in health status, locus of control, and pain will be assessed over the course of the study. An additional goal of this study is to gather preliminary data on the anticipated effect size and feasibility of conducting a larger clinical study of the adjunctive use of yoga for the treatment of PTSD symptoms in enlisted military personnel.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Behavioral: Yoga Nidra

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 7 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Yoga as an Adjunctive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Feasibility Study
Study Start Date : December 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2006
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2007

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Active Duty military personnel
  • Aged 18 and over
  • A minimum score of 40 on the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL-M), a brief, self-report instrument used to assess PTSD severity.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Active suicidal or homicidal ideation
  • Severe cognitive impairment or history of cognitive disorder
  • Serious surgical procedures within the last two months or planned
  • Treatment for refractory pain
  • New or dose adjusted psychotropic medication (i.e. SSRIs and anxiolytics) in last month
  • Unwilling or unable to practice Yoga Nidra at home
  • Amputation of any body part

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00269490

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United States, District of Columbia
Deployment Health Clinical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20307-8064
Sponsors and Collaborators
Samueli Institute for Information Biology
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: COL Charles C Engel, MD, MPA Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Christine Goertz Choate, DC, PhD Samueli Institute for Information Biology
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00269490    
Other Study ID Numbers: WU# 05-89014
DoD Assurance No. P60001
FWA #00001628
USU IRB Reference G188JO
First Posted: December 23, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 28, 2008
Last Verified: January 2008
Keywords provided by Samueli Institute for Information Biology:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Yoga Nidra
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders