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Effectiveness of Prolonged Exposure of PTSD in a Community Setting of PTSD Sufferers

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
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HaEmek Medical Center, Israel Identifier:
First received: August 27, 2007
Last updated: July 6, 2015
Last verified: July 2015

Introduction: Efforts to bridge the gap between research based treatment modalities advancements and clinical practice have received the highest priority in the research community. In the child psychiatry field there is an urging need to promote bridging this gap.

Parents and child health providers hesitate to refer children to child psychiatrist due to stigma but also due to lack of awareness of available and efficient treatment options. In the field of trauma treatment another reason for lack of treatment is lack of recognition of trauma related symptoms in children.

After the second Lebanon war scarce referrals to psychiatric clinics have been registered and access to treatment is low as indicated by 20 referrals in the past year to Emek Hospital.

We propose to explore the effectiveness of well-established adult treatment for PTSD, the Prolonged Exposure (PE), in community-based general pediatric clinics, serving an underprivileged diverse population.


Twenty children age 6 to 18 attending general pediatric clinic and in Afula region will included.

children will be diagnosed using the Hebrew translation of the Childhood version of the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (Apter et al., 1989 Children will receive the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) and the. CPSS All subjects will be treated with a manualized 12-week Prolonged Exposure protocol Ratings will be made at baseline, 6weeks, and 12 weeks using CDI and CPSS


1. PE adapted for pediatric population will be effective in treating single-event traumas in a community setting.

Condition Intervention
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Anxiety Disorder Behavioral: Prolonged exposure

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic

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Further study details as provided by HaEmek Medical Center, Israel:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • CDI questionaire [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Enrollment: 0
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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children age 6 to 18
  • Language spoken: Hebrew
  • DSM- IV R diagnosis: PTSD
  • Anxiety disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children presenting with psychotic symptoms,
  • Children presenting with mental retardation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00521768

HaEmek Medical Center - Psychiatry Department
Afula, Israel, 18101
Sponsors and Collaborators
HaEmek Medical Center, Israel
Principal Investigator: Ziva Bracha, MD HaEmek MC
  More Information Identifier: NCT00521768     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CT20
Study First Received: August 27, 2007
Last Updated: July 6, 2015

Keywords provided by HaEmek Medical Center, Israel:
Post traumatic stress disorder
Anxiety disorder
Comunity base intervention
Behavioural treatment

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Pathologic Processes
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on August 21, 2017