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Resolving Grief After Spinal Cord Injury

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01957358
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : October 8, 2013
Last Update Posted : April 18, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Karen Ethans, University of Manitoba

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to examine the usefulness of the Grief Recovery Method in assisting persons with spinal cord injuries to achieve as complete a recovery as possible, thereby allowing for fuller participation in life.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Spinal Cord Injury Behavioral: The Grief Recovery Method Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 8 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Resolving Grief and Moving On After Spinal Cord Injury
Study Start Date : October 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2020

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Lifestyle counselling using the Grief Recovery Method
Volunteers will participate in a series of weekly and twice-weekly sessions with a counselor who has obtained special training in the Grief Recovery Method.
Behavioral: The Grief Recovery Method
The Grief Recovery Method is a structured process designed to help people with spinal cord injuries examine their knowledge of their injury, their emotional reaction to their injury, and their ability to acknowledge their grief over the injury in order to learn techniques to resolve the grief in order to achieve a more complete recovery. Participants will attend a total of 18 sessions, some one-on-one, and some in a group setting. The Grief Recovery Handbook, handouts, DVD (digital video disc) presentations and questionnaires will be used. Targeted activities to decrease isolation and assist volunteers to identify goals for recovery will be utilized.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Impact of Event Scale [ Time Frame: At Sessions 1 and 18. (Baseline and month 4) ]
    A self-administered questionnaire with 22 questions designed to measure the subjective response to a specific traumatic event (for this study, the event is the spinal cord injury).

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Modified Grief Inventory [ Time Frame: At Sessions 1and 18 (baseline and month 4). ]
    A self-reported 2-part questionnaire that asks the volunteer to circle responses to questions about past behavior and present feelings about their spinal cord injury.

  2. The Coping with Health Injuries and Problems [ Time Frame: At sessions 1 and 18 (Baseline and month 4) ]
    A 32-question self-reported scale that measures coping with illness.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

* Persons with a spinal cord injury who are willing to participate in the program.

Exclusion Criteria:

* Unable or unwilling to participate.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01957358

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Contact: Gail Burnside (204) 786-4753

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Canada, Manitoba
WRHA Health Sciences Centre Rehabilitation Hospital Recruiting
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3A 1M4
Principal Investigator: Karen Ethans, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dr. Karen Ethans

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Responsible Party: Dr. Karen Ethans, Director, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program, University of Manitoba Identifier: NCT01957358     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GR2013
First Posted: October 8, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 18, 2019
Last Verified: April 2019
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Spinal Cord Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System