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Evaluation of Outcomes Following Surf Therapy

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02857751
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : August 5, 2016
Last Update Posted : September 29, 2017
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Naval Health Research Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego

Brief Summary:
The current study evaluates psychological and physical health outcomes for active-duty service members following participation in an established surf therapy program. Participants complete assessments before and after the surf therapy program, as well as brief assessments before and after each surf therapy session.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Depression Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Behavioral: Surf therapy

Detailed Description:
The proposed study would evaluate whether an existing surf therapy program that is part of the Wounded, Ill, and Injured (WII) Wellness Program at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), significantly reduces both psychological symptoms (e.g., PTSD, depression, anxiety, negative affect, lack of positive affect) and physical symptoms (e.g., pain, sleep) among active-duty service members. Psychological and physical symptoms will be assessed before beginning the surf program and at program completion. In addition, brief assessments of mood and symptoms will be completed before and after each individual surf therapy session.

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 30 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation of Health Outcomes Following the NMCSD Surf Therapy Program
Study Start Date : June 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2017
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2018

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Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Surf therapy cohort 1
The first cohort of participants to enroll in the study (i.e., participants in the first 6-week program)
Behavioral: Surf therapy
The NMCSD surf therapy program is approximately 6 weeks in duration. Each surf therapy session lasts 2-3 hours and occurs in a group setting that can accommodate up to 20 service members per session. Each service member is paired with a surf instructor who works with him or her each week for the 6-week session. Goals are individually-tailored to the service member (based on participant's level of comfort in the water, experience with surfing, etc.) and can incorporate both physical and psychological objectives.

Surf therapy cohort 2
The second cohort of participants to enroll in the study (i.e., participants in the second 6-week program)
Behavioral: Surf therapy
The NMCSD surf therapy program is approximately 6 weeks in duration. Each surf therapy session lasts 2-3 hours and occurs in a group setting that can accommodate up to 20 service members per session. Each service member is paired with a surf instructor who works with him or her each week for the 6-week session. Goals are individually-tailored to the service member (based on participant's level of comfort in the water, experience with surfing, etc.) and can incorporate both physical and psychological objectives.

Surf therapy cohort 3
The third cohort of participants to enroll in the study (i.e., participants in the third 6-week program)
Behavioral: Surf therapy
The NMCSD surf therapy program is approximately 6 weeks in duration. Each surf therapy session lasts 2-3 hours and occurs in a group setting that can accommodate up to 20 service members per session. Each service member is paired with a surf instructor who works with him or her each week for the 6-week session. Goals are individually-tailored to the service member (based on participant's level of comfort in the water, experience with surfing, etc.) and can incorporate both physical and psychological objectives.

Surf therapy cohort 4
The fourth cohort of participants to enroll in the study (i.e., participants in the fourth 6-week program)
Behavioral: Surf therapy
The NMCSD surf therapy program is approximately 6 weeks in duration. Each surf therapy session lasts 2-3 hours and occurs in a group setting that can accommodate up to 20 service members per session. Each service member is paired with a surf instructor who works with him or her each week for the 6-week session. Goals are individually-tailored to the service member (based on participant's level of comfort in the water, experience with surfing, etc.) and can incorporate both physical and psychological objectives.

Surf therapy cohort 5
The fifth cohort of participants to enroll in the study (i.e., participants in the fifth 6-week program)
Behavioral: Surf therapy
The NMCSD surf therapy program is approximately 6 weeks in duration. Each surf therapy session lasts 2-3 hours and occurs in a group setting that can accommodate up to 20 service members per session. Each service member is paired with a surf instructor who works with him or her each week for the 6-week session. Goals are individually-tailored to the service member (based on participant's level of comfort in the water, experience with surfing, etc.) and can incorporate both physical and psychological objectives.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-8) [ Time Frame: From pre- to post-program (e.g., approximately 6-8 weeks) ]
    Self-reported depression symptoms


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Client Satisfaction Questionnaire (CSQ-8) [ Time Frame: From pre- to post-program (e.g., approximately 6-8 weeks) ]
    Report of satisfaction with the surf therapy program



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
The sample will consist of up to 40 active-duty service members (male or female) who are seeking surf therapy through the WII Wellness Program at NMCSD. As the study is being implemented into standard care, the current study is designed to have broad eligibility criteria.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Active-duty military service members seeking surf therapy at NMCSD and have been medically cleared to participate
  • Diagnosis of either a psychological (e.g., PTSD, depression) or physical (e.g., amputated limb; traumatic brain injury) condition that served as a reason for referral

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Service members who cannot receive medical clearance to participate in the NMCSD surf therapy program
  • Service members who have previously participated in the NMCSD surf therapy program

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02857751


Contacts
Contact: Betty Michalewicz-Kragh, M.S. 619.532.7727 betty.michalewiczkragh.civ@mail.mil
Contact: Kristen H Walter, Ph.D. 619.553.0546 kristen.h.walter.ctr@mail.mil

Locations
United States, California
Naval Medical Center San Diego Recruiting
San Diego, California, United States, 92134
Contact: Betty Michalewicz-Kragh, M.S.    619-532-7727    betty.michalewiczkragh.civ@mail.mil   
Sub-Investigator: Cynthia J. Thomsen, Ph.D.         
Sub-Investigator: Kristen H. Walter, Ph.D.         
Sub-Investigator: Lisa H. Glassman, Ph.D.         
Sub-Investigator: Dennis Faix, M.D.         
Sub-Investigator: Matthew Humphreys, M.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego
Naval Health Research Center
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Betty Michalewicz-Kragh, M.S. United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego

Responsible Party: United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02857751     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NMCSD.2016.0032
First Posted: August 5, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 29, 2017
Last Verified: September 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

Keywords provided by United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego:
depression
PTSD
anxiety
surf therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Behavioral Symptoms
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders