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

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ingvard Wilhelmsen, University of Bergen Identifier:
First received: August 13, 2009
Last updated: November 7, 2016
Last verified: November 2016
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 Intervention
Hypochondriasis Behavioral: Cognitive behavioural therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: 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

Further study details as provided by Ingvard Wilhelmsen, University of Bergen:

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

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

Estimated Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: January 1997
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Psychotherapy Behavioral: Cognitive behavioural therapy
16 sessions vs 5 sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy
Other Name: Cognitive therapy

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,


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00959452

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

Responsible Party: Ingvard Wilhelmsen, Professor, University of Bergen Identifier: NCT00959452     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 17242
Study First Received: August 13, 2009
Last Updated: November 7, 2016

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

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Somatoform Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on June 23, 2017