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Healing Touch & Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01348750
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 5, 2011
Last Update Posted : May 5, 2011
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton California
Information provided by:
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

Brief Summary:
This is a randomized controlled 2 year trial at Camp Pendleton, CA to determine whether a complementary medicine intervention (Healing Touch with Guided Imagery, HT+GI) reduces Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms as compared to treatment as usual (TAU) in returning combat-exposed active duty military with significant PTSD symptoms. Secondary aims will evaluate the effect of HT and GI on measures of depression, hostility, and general health status in this population.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Other: Healing Touch & Guided Imagery Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The study enrolled 123 active duty subjects from the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California with at least one or more symptoms of PTSD .

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 123 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Healing Touch and Guided Imagery Intervention in Post-deployment Military Personnel With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
Study Start Date : July 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2010

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Group A
This group receives 6 Healing Touch & Guided Imagery treatments in addition to standard medical care.
Other: Healing Touch & Guided Imagery

Healing Touch (HT) is an energy based approach to health and healing. It uses light touch to influence the energy field that surrounds the body, and the energy centers which control the flow of energy to the physical body.

HT complements traditional health care and is used together with other approaches to health and healing.

Guided Imagery (GI) is a form of focused relaxation used to create harmony between the mind and body. Positive mental imagery can promote relaxation, reduce stress and improve mood as well as alter heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.


No Intervention: Group B
This group receives standard medical care but NO Healing Touch and Guided Imagery.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 17-item PTSD Checklist (Military)is used to determine the effect of the intervention [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided imagery ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Depression (Beck Depression Inventory) [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided imagery ]
  2. Quality of Life (SF36) [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided imagery ]
  3. Hostility (Cook-Medley Hostility Inventory) [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Female or male subjects 18 years or older
  2. Post-deployment from a combat zone
  3. Identified by post-deployment health re-assessment to have PTSD symptoms
  4. Referred by Camp Pendleton
  5. Subjects who are willing to sign a consent
  6. Subjects who are willing to participate for the length of the study

Exclusions:

  1. Female subjects who are now pregnant or nursing
  2. Subjects who are receiving healing touch or using guided imagery from other sources
  3. Subjects who have any major health condition that may interfere with participating in this study

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01348750


Locations
United States, California
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
La Jolla, California, United States, 92037
Sponsors and Collaborators
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton California
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Erminia M Guarneri, MD Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

Responsible Party: Erminia M. Guarneri, MD, Medical Director, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01348750     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PTSD_HSC07_4684
First Posted: May 5, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 5, 2011
Last Verified: May 2011

Keywords provided by Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine:
PTSD
Healing Touch
Guided Imagery
Military
Complementary Medicine

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