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A Trial on the Effect of Emotional Disclosure of Traumatic Life Events on Physical Health

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00896844
First Posted: May 12, 2009
Last Update Posted: May 12, 2009
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Collaborator:
University of Birmingham
Information provided by:
University Hospital Birmingham
  Purpose
This is a randomized, controlled trial on the effect of emotional disclosure of traumatic life events on physical health. The hypothesis is that expression of emotions could possibly improve physical health.

Condition Intervention
Healthy Behavioral: emotional disclosure Behavioral: placebo writing

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomised Controlled Trial on the Effect of Emotional Disclosure of Traumatic Life Events on Physical Health

Further study details as provided by University Hospital Birmingham:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • health centre visits [ Time Frame: within 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • respiratory infections [ Time Frame: within 3 months ]

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: September 2001
Study Completion Date: May 2004
Primary Completion Date: May 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: emotional disclosure
writing about emotional events from the past
Behavioral: emotional disclosure
writing about emotional events from the past
Placebo Comparator: placebo writing
writing about how they spent their time the previous day
Behavioral: placebo writing
writing about how they spent their time the previous day

  Eligibility

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • healthy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • any mental or physical illnesses in the last three months
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00896844


Locations
United Kingdom
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B15 2TT
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Birmingham
University of Birmingham
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr Catherine Meads, University of Birmingham
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00896844     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1-Meads
First Submitted: May 11, 2009
First Posted: May 12, 2009
Last Update Posted: May 12, 2009
Last Verified: May 2009

Keywords provided by University Hospital Birmingham:
emotional disclosure
expressive writing
students