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Cognitive Behavior Psychotherapy in Panic Disorder

This study has been completed.
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Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Identifier:
First received: December 3, 2009
Last updated: January 29, 2010
Last verified: December 2009
The objective of this study in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) was to demonstrate the preparation of the patient with panic disorder for agoraphobic exposures. The focus of the work consisted of interoceptive exposures, in vivo, of body sensations themselves, to feared places and situations. The sample consisted of 50 individuals. Group 1 undertook 10 weekly, individual sessions of CBT of one hour duration. Group 2, control, was just follow-up with supportive therapy. The procedures used for the exposures, especially for induction symptom exercises, were considered essential in the preparation of patients with panic disorder, to be able to face up to panic attacks and subsequent agoraphobic situations.

Condition Intervention
Panic Disorder Agoraphobia Behavioral: Psychotherapy Behavioral: Supportative psychotherapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive-behavioural Therapyin Panic Disorder: the Preparation of Patients With Panic Disorder for Interoceptive and in Vivo Agoraphobic Exposure

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of panic attacks [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Decrease agoraphobic symptoms [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: May 2006
Study Completion Date: April 2007
Primary Completion Date: August 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
25 panic disorder patients
Behavioral: Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Other Name: Cognitive Behavior psychotherapy
Active Comparator: Supportive psychotherapy
25 panic disorder agoraphobia
Behavioral: Supportative psychotherapy
Supportative psychotherapy
Other Name: non-specific psychotherapy

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The criteria for inclusion in the research was patients over 18 years old of both sexes with a diagnosis of PDA, with no serious comorbidities.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • The patients that presented alcohol or drug dependency, mental retardation or serious mental disorders were excluded from the research.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01025908

Institute of Psychiatry - UFRJ
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, 22290140
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Principal Investigator: Antonio E Nardi, MD Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  More Information

Responsible Party: Antonio Egidio Nardi, Institute of Psychiatry - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Identifier: NCT01025908     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: LABPR
Study First Received: December 3, 2009
Last Updated: January 29, 2010

Keywords provided by Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro:
panic disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Panic Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 18, 2017