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Evaluation of a Yoga Intervention for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (EYIPTSD)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00962403
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 20, 2009
Last Update Posted : March 20, 2013
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
United States Department of Defense
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brief Summary:
The main objective of this preliminary randomized controlled clinical trial is to establish efficacy and feasibility of a yoga-based treatment for PTSD in military veterans as compared to a delayed yoga treatment (waitlist control) group. Secondary objectives are to evaluate PTSD characteristics that may also be improved with the treatment and acceptability and compliance with the treatment.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Behavioral: Yoga treatment Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Specific Aims:

  1. To evaluate the hypothesis that a 10-week yoga-based intervention will reduce PTSD severity to a statistically and clinically significant degree relative to a pretreatment baseline evaluation and to a waitlist control group.
  2. To evaluate the hypothesis that PTSD patients will show improvement in regulation of physiological arousal in the autonomic nervous system relative to pretreatment.
  3. To evaluate that hypothesis that symptoms associated with PTSD such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and quality of life will also be improved.
  4. To evaluate the hypothesis that military veterans with PTSD can be successfully recruited into a yoga intervention study and will find the intervention acceptable and tolerable and will exhibit high compliance.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 108 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of a Yoga Intervention for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Study Start Date : August 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2012

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Yoga treatment Behavioral: Yoga treatment
The 10-week Kripalu-style yoga treatment will consist of 20 biweekly 90-minute group training/practice sessions. In addition, subjects will also receive CD's and written instructions for the daily 15-minute sessions, which they will use to guide them through the yoga procedures to be done at home.
Other Name: Kripalu Yoga
No Intervention: Waitlist
Waitlist control, no active treatment, treatment as usual, active treatment offered after waitlist control period. This study began as a single arm treatment trial and then transitioned to a randomized controlled trial.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention and 10 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. PTSD Checklist Military Version (PCL-M) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]
  2. Impact of Events Scale - Revised (IES-R) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]
  3. 25-item Resilience Scale (RS) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]
  4. Twenty-four-hour urinary samples [ Time Frame: pre-intervention and 3 months post intervention ]
  5. 10-minute segment of a seated 30-minute electrocardiogram recording session [ Time Frame: pre-intervention and 3 months post intervention ]
  6. Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]
  7. Spielberger State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]
  8. Daily Sleep Wake Diaries [ Time Frame: during intervention (weeks 1-10) and 3 months post intervention ]
  9. Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (Q-LES-Q) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]
  10. Credibility Expectancy Questionnaire (CEQ) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]
  11. Body-Oriented State Questionnaire (BOSC) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]
  12. 5-Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]
  13. Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]
  14. Yoga Follow-up Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 3 months post intervention ]
  15. PTSD Checklist Civilian Version (PCL-C) [ Time Frame: pre-intervention, 5 weeks, 10 weeks and 3 months post intervention ]


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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:

  • Male and female military veterans and active duty military personnel aged 18 and older
  • A DSM IV diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Potential subjects on medications are eligible to participate in the study
  • Potential subjects who receive ongoing medical or psychological treatment are eligible to participate in this study as long as these treatments do not include more than one hour weekly of relaxation and mind-body based stress reduction strategies (strategies directly related to meditation and yoga)
  • Potential subjects are eligible to participate in this study if they have sufficient mental and physical ability to fully participate in the parameters of the study. Subjects must be able to understand and comply with instructions in the group yoga sessions and home practice, complete questionnaires, participate in clinical interviews, and take part in all data collection activities. Subjects with severe mental or physical concerns that may prevent them from understanding and/or complying with the treatment will be excluded. For example, potential subjects confined to wheelchairs will not be eligible, although subjects with artificial limbs who are able to reasonably participate in the intervention may be deemed eligible. These determinations will be made during discussions with potential subjects on a case by case basis during the screening process

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Potential subjects are ineligible if pregnant and in their third trimester.
  • Potential subjects are ineligible if they are confined to a wheel chair.

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Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
United States Department of Defense
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sat Bir S Khalsa, Ph.D. Brigham and Women's Hospital
Study Director: Jennifer Johnston, MA, LMHC Northeastern University

Publications:
Responsible Party: Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Study Principal Investigator, Brigham and Women's Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00962403     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009-P-000717
08144033
First Posted: August 20, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 20, 2013
Last Verified: March 2013

Keywords provided by Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital:
veteran
post traumatic stress disorder
yoga
meditation
military
trauma
stress
depression
anxiety
insomnia
autonomic

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Pathologic Processes
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders