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Traditional African Healing Ceremony in a U.S. Population

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01873482
First Posted: June 10, 2013
Last Update Posted: November 3, 2014
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University
  Purpose
Pre-agricultural societies almost universally used healing ceremonies that involved reverence, rhythm and dance in the presence of a healer. It is believed that we are "wired" for such experiences and they foster an integrative mode of consciousness similar to that of mindfulness based stress reduction, which has been shown to have therapeutic effects in a variety of conditions. Collaborator Ava Lavonne Vinesett of the Duke Dance Program has developed a healing ceremony based in sub-Saharan African traditions. The investigators plan is to have 25 subjects with a variety of clinical conditions participate in this ceremony. Subjects will then be asked to write a commentary about their experience and to participate in a focus group discussion. It is anticipated that the study will give us some idea of how promising this approach would be and what kinds of patients might benefit. Safety issues are minimal and include the possibility of injury (though the dancing is not strenuous) and psychological distress.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Anxiety Depression Cancer Behavioral: Movement to rhythm

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Traditional African Healing Ceremony in a U.S. Population

Further study details as provided by Duke University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Report from each participant as to whether they found the experience positive, neutral or negative. [ Time Frame: During the first hour after the intervention ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • written narrative of experience [ Time Frame: During the first hour after the intervention ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Encounter group discussion [ Time Frame: During the first hour after the intervention ]

Enrollment: 17
Study Start Date: May 2014
Primary Completion Date: May 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Movement with rhythm
Subjects will move for 1 hour in time to the Congolese rhythm called Zebola.
Behavioral: Movement to rhythm
Movement to rhythm

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 25 to 65 with one of the diagnoses listed above or with 8 visits to their provider in the last year and with no diagnosis of chronic illness.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • physical disability making participation difficult and previous experience with a similar ceremony, for instance while growing up in Africa.
  Contacts and Locations
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Locations
United States, North Carolina
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Wilson, MD Duke University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Duke University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01873482     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00042492
First Submitted: June 5, 2013
First Posted: June 10, 2013
Last Update Posted: November 3, 2014
Last Verified: October 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fatigue
Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic
Signs and Symptoms
Virus Diseases
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Encephalomyelitis
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases