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

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00896844
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 12, 2009
Last Update Posted : May 12, 2009
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
University of Birmingham
Information provided by:
University Hospital Birmingham

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Healthy Behavioral: emotional disclosure Behavioral: placebo writing Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 100 participants
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
Study Start Date : September 2001
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2004
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2004

Arm Intervention/treatment
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




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

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


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
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

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

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

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