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Open-Label Placebo for the Treatment of Depression

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. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02666989
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified January 2016 by Ziv Carmel, Shalvata Mental Health Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : January 28, 2016
Last Update Posted : January 28, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ziv Carmel, Shalvata Mental Health Center

Brief Summary:

Open label placebo treatment has been tried for irritable bowel syndrome (Kaptchuk et al, 2010), where three weeks of open label placebo proved superior to a wait-listed control group. Another pilot study demonstrated efficacy in treating children suffering from ADHD with open label placebo treatment (Sandler & Bodfish, 2007). Recent work has shown that placebo openly given can have significant analgesic effects for acute migraines (Kam-Hansen et al, 2014) and for experimentally-induced pain (Schafer at al, 2015). A preliminary attempt to treat depression with open label placebo proved the feasibility of such a study, but was too small and brief for conclusive results (Kelley et al, 2012).

We provide here the protocol for a study to assess the effect of open label placebo treatment for depression.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Major Depressive Disorder Drug: placebo Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : February 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : February 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: open placebo
8 weeks of open placebo treatment
Drug: placebo
2 placebo pills twice a day

No Intervention: waitlist group
4 weeks of waiting list followed by 4 weeks of open placebo treatment

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. v. HAM-D-17 (Hamilton, 1960) [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

i. Major Depressive Episode according to DSM-V ii. Mild to Moderate depression (8>HAM-D-17 <24) iii. Receiving antidepressant medication with no change in medication in the last two weeks or not receiving antidepressants medication

Exclusion Criteria:

i. Psychotic depression ii. Agitated depression iii. Bipolar depression iv. Current suicidality or past suicide attempt v. Current drug or alcohol abuse vi. Psychotic disorder vii. Drug and/or alcohol abuse

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02666989

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Contact: uri nitzan, MD

Sponsors and Collaborators
Shalvata Mental Health Center
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Responsible Party: Ziv Carmel, psychiatrists, Shalvata Mental Health Center Identifier: NCT02666989    
Other Study ID Numbers: Yehuda04
First Posted: January 28, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 28, 2016
Last Verified: January 2016
Keywords provided by Ziv Carmel, Shalvata Mental Health Center:
Clinical practice
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders