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Bright Light: An Adjunct Treatment for Combat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Arizona State University
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VA Office of Research and Development Identifier:
First received: June 17, 2008
Last updated: April 5, 2016
Last verified: April 2016
The investigators are testing novel treatments for combat PTSD: bright light exposure and negation ion exposure.

Condition Intervention Phase
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Other: Bright Light Exposure
Other: Negative Ion Generator
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Bright Light: An Adjunct Treatment for Combat PTSD

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Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical Assessed PTSD Scale (CAPS-2) and Clinical Global Impression (CGI) [ Time Frame: Mean change from baseline to post-treatment (5-6 weeks later) ]
    The CAPS-2 is administered by a trained clinician. It is designed to assess changes in PTSD severity over time, the scale ranges from 0-136. Higher levels indicate greater severity of PTSD.

Enrollment: 71
Study Start Date: January 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016
Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Bright Light Exposure
Bright Light (30 min/day)
Other: Bright Light Exposure
Administered via bright light box
Placebo Comparator: Negative Ion Generator
Negative Ion Generator (30 min/day)
Other: Negative Ion Generator
Administered via Negative Ion Generatore

Detailed Description:
Seventy Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD) will be randomly assigned to one of two 4-week treatments (45 min/day): (1) bright light exposure or (2) a negative ion generator. Clinical assessments ,as well as self-reported measures of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and sleep will be assessed

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • receiving other treatment or stopped other treatment prior to study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • bipolar disorder
  • psychosis
  • alcohol/drug abuse
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00701064

United States, Arizona
Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, SC
Columbia, Arizona, United States, 29209
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Arizona State University
Principal Investigator: Shawn D. Youngstedt, PhD Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, SC
  More Information

Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development Identifier: NCT00701064     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MHBA-008-08S
Study First Received: June 17, 2008
Results First Received: March 26, 2015
Last Updated: April 5, 2016

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
posttraumatic stress disorder
negative ion generator

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 27, 2017