Follow up of Patients Treated With Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Hypochondria From 1997 to 2007

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Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : August 14, 2009
Last Update Posted : May 2, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ingvard Wilhelmsen, University of Bergen

Brief Summary:
Research has shown that cognitive behavioural therapy is effective in treating hypochondria. However, no studies have examined the long term effect. The investigators have followed 56 patients treated for hypochondria between 1997 and 2001 and the investigators are now doing a 10 year follow-up (Part I). In another part of the study (Part II) the investigators compare the effect of 16 sessions vs. 5 sessions, with a follow-up period of at least 2 years. The investigators hypothesis is that the initial 1 year improvement will be sustained and that 5 sessions will yield the same results as 16 sessions.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hypochondriasis Behavioral: Cognitive behavioural therapy Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

The follow-up includes a telephone interview by independent researcher and the patients fill in the following questionnaires:

Whiteley Index (measures health anxiety), VAS-scales for health anxiety, worrying about symptoms and body checking, SF-36 (health related quality of life), Giessen Subjective Complaints List, Spielberger Trait and State Anxiety Scale Beck Depression Inventory, Eysenck Personality Questionnaire, General Health Questionnaire (GHQ 28), Somatic Amplification Scale,

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 250 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Follow up of Patients Treated With Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Clinic for Hypochondriacs, Haraldsplass Deaconal Hospital, From 1997 to 2007
Study Start Date : January 1997
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2018

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Psychotherapy Behavioral: Cognitive behavioural therapy
16 sessions vs 5 sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy
Other Name: Cognitive therapy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Level of health anxiety [ Time Frame: 10 years follow up ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Health related quality of life [ Time Frame: 10 years follow-up ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Fulfilling ICD-10 criteria for hypochondriacal disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unwillingness to participate
  • Substance abuse
  • Serious psychological (f.inst. psychosis, major depression) or somatic (f.inst. cancer) disease

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Haraldsplass Deaconal Hospital
Bergen, Norway, 5009
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Bergen
Principal Investigator: Ingvard Wilhelmsen, PhD University of Bergen

Publications of Results:
Responsible Party: Ingvard Wilhelmsen, Professor, University of Bergen Identifier: NCT00959452     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 17242
First Posted: August 14, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 2, 2018
Last Verified: May 2018

Keywords provided by Ingvard Wilhelmsen, University of Bergen:
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Long term follow-up

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Somatoform Disorders
Mental Disorders