Wait-list Study of One-Week Intensive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (5dayOCD)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 2, 2010
Last Update Posted : May 30, 2012
University of South Florida
Fordham University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Stephen Whiteside, Mayo Clinic

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to examine how well intensive cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) delivered over 5 days works in reducing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) symptoms in children and adolescents. Treatment will consist of exposure and response prevention with an added focus on teaching parents to be exposure coaches.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Behavioral: 5-day intensive treatment Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Although cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective intervention for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), many people do not receive CBT initially due, in part, to the lack of trained providers and geographic barriers (e.g., distance to such providers). Rather, the majority of youth with OCD receive psychiatric medication alone or together with unproven forms of psychotherapy. While some serotonergic medications have demonstrated utility in pediatric OCD, side effects can be common, response rates are modest at best, and symptom remission is rare. Storch et al. have shown that CBT can be delivered effectively in an intensive format over a 3-week time-span; however, even this shortened treatment approach involves considerable time and financial expenditure for those who do not have local access to CBT, including three week's time off from work and the cost of local room and board. Given this, more efficient ways of providing CBT need to be identified and tested to increase the number of people with access to this form of treatment. With this in mind, the proposed feasibility study examines the use of videophone technology to evaluate a 5-day cognitive-behavioral intervention for youth with OCD administered at multiple sites. A total of 30 youth will receive 10 60-75-minute sessions of CBT over 5 days (two sessions a day). Cognitive-behavioral therapy will be based on a demonstrated effective treatment protocol, and adapted for administration over a one-week time-span. We will utilize a month-long waitlist control to estimate treatment efficacy. Comprehensive assessments will be conducted by trained clinicians at relevant time-points (i.e., baseline, post-waitlist, post-treatment, follow-up) to assess symptom severity and impairment. Should supporting data be found, CBT delivered in a 5-day format would have the potential to help many more families who would otherwise remain untreated or inadequately treated.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 28 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Wait-list Feasibility Study of One-Week Intensive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric OCD
Study Start Date : May 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2012

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 5day intensive treatment Behavioral: 5-day intensive treatment
Exposure Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy administered in 10 appointments over 5 days with an added focus on training parents to be exposure coaches

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Children's Yale Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (CYBOCS) [ Time Frame: 1 month before tx, pre-tx, post-tx, 3 month follow-up ]
    The CYBOCS is the gold standard measure of OCD symptoms. The primary outcome is the decrease in CYBOCS scores from pre-tx to post-tx, and post-tx to follow-up, compared to the change from 1 month before tx to pre-tx.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Spence children's anxiety scale [ Time Frame: baseline, pre-tx, post-tx, 3 month follow-up ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients must meet the following inclusion criteria to be eligible for study participation:

    • Principal diagnosis of OCD on the ADIS-IV-P and CY-BOCS Total Score ≥ 16
    • No change in psychotropic medication (if applicable) for at least 8 weeks prior to study entry
    • 7 to 17 years old
    • Availability of at least one parent to accompany the child to all assessment sessions and be present for videophone assessments
    • Have a computer and high-speed internet within their home
    • English speaking.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients will be excluded from the study if they meet any of the following criteria:

    • History of and/or current psychosis, autism, bipolar disorder, or current suicidality, oppositional defiant disorder, or eating disorder measured by the ADIS-IV-P and all available clinical information
    • Principal diagnosis other than OCD
    • Current a positive diagnosis in the caregiver of mental retardation, psychosis, or other psychiatric disorders or conditions that would limit their ability to understand CBT (based on clinical interview).
  • Participants can be included if they are taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, SNRI, tricyclic, or antipsychotic provided that no medication changes were made 8 weeks prior to initiation of CBT or during treatment.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01194076

United States, Florida
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida, United States, 33620
United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
United States, New York
Fordham University
Bronx, New York, United States, 10458
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
University of South Florida
Fordham University
Principal Investigator: Stephen P Whiteside, PhD Mayo Clinic

Responsible Party: Stephen Whiteside, PHD, Mayo Clinic Identifier: NCT01194076     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-0082590
First Posted: September 2, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 30, 2012
Last Verified: May 2012

Keywords provided by Stephen Whiteside, Mayo Clinic:
cognitive behavior therapy
exposure and response prevention
obsessive compulsive disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Compulsive Personality Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Personality Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anxiety Disorders