A Self-Help Method for Nightmares (Nightmares)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 8, 2007
Last Update Posted : November 19, 2008
Fonds Psychische Gezondheid
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Utrecht University

Brief Summary:
The objective of this study is to validate a newly designed self-help treatment for nightmares. This self-help treatment is based on Imagery Rehearsal Therapy. This treatment will be validated in comparison to an exposure treatment a diary condition and a waiting list condition.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Nightmares Behavioral: IRT Behavioral: Exposure Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 399 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Self-Help Method for Nightmares
Study Start Date : April 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2008

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: IRT
Intervention based on Imagery Rehearsal Therapy
Behavioral: IRT
Cognitive behavior intervention
Active Comparator: Exposure
Treatment based on exposure
Behavioral: Exposure
Exposure intervention
No Intervention: Nightmare diary
Recording nightmares in a diary
No Intervention: Waiting list
Waiting list

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Nightmare frequency [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  2. Nightmare distress [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sleep quality [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  2. Sleep complaints [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  3. Anxiety ratings [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  4. Posttraumatic complaints (low - moderate - high) [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  5. Depression ratings [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Suffering from Nightmares
  • Access to internet
  • A valid e-mail address
  • Be able to understand Dutch

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe posttraumatic complaints
  • Severe depression
  • High anxiety ratings
  • In therapy for post traumatic stress disorder
  • Being suicidal
  • Schizophrenic or having a psychosis episode

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00513045

Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands, 3508TC
Sponsors and Collaborators
Utrecht University
Fonds Psychische Gezondheid
Study Director: Jan Van den Bout, Prof. dr. Utrecht University

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Utrecht University Identifier: NCT00513045     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FPG20066126
First Posted: August 8, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 19, 2008
Last Verified: November 2008

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