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Examining an Emergency Room Intervention for the Prevention of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified July 2010 by Hadassah Medical Organization.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
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First received: July 13, 2010
Last updated: NA
Last verified: July 2010
History: No changes posted
PTSD is a common and distressing possible outcome following exposure to a traumatic event. Recent studies show that memory processes may be central to the development of the disorder, and interrupting the consolidation of traumatic memories may prevent the disorder from developing. Specifically the use of a visual spatial task has been shown to reduce a key characteristic of PTSD, intrusions, in non-clinical populations. This study aims to administer a visual spatial task to recent trauma survivors in the Emergency Room, and compare PTSD and symptoms development in these patients as compared to a control group who did not carry out the task. The study hypothesizes that the task will result in less PTSD, lower levels of intrusions, dissociation and pain.

Condition Intervention
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Other: Computer game

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Interrupting Traumatic Memories: An Emergency Room Intervention for the Prevention of PTSD

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Further study details as provided by Hadassah Medical Organization:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • PTSD symptoms [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    PTSD status and symptoms as measured by the PSS

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: November 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: No intervention
Subjects will be assessed, but no active intervention given
Experimental: Computer game
Subjects will play with computer game while in the Emergency Room
Other: Computer game
Playing with specially designed computer game while in emergency room


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 18-65,
  • no loss of consciousness,
  • ability to understand study procedures and give informed consent,
  • Hebrew as first language,
  • experienced a potentially traumatic event as defined in DSM (objective danger and subjective feeling of fear).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current or past psychiatric treatment,
  • current or past PTSD.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01162044

Contact: Sara A Freedman, PhD 972544704636

Hadassah Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Jerusalem, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hadassah Medical Organization
Principal Investigator: Rena Cooper, MD Hadassah Medical Organization
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr Rena Cooper,, Hadassah Medical Center Identifier: NCT01162044     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ER-PTSD-HMO-CTIL
Study First Received: July 13, 2010
Last Updated: July 13, 2010

Keywords provided by Hadassah Medical Organization:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on August 18, 2017