Family Psychoeducation for Military Veterans: A Pilot Study
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04180293|
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : November 27, 2019
Last Update Posted : July 15, 2020
Operational Stress Injuries (OSIs), including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are prevalent among veterans deployed in recent combat missions, the effects of which are experienced within their families. The development of evidence-based programs for veterans with OSIs and their families is critical because family functioning both affects and is affected by OSIs. Few programs have been implemented, however, particularly in Canada, and those that have are not evaluated. Research suggests that brief, systems-focused family psychoeducation programs are useful in the treatment of OSIs, specifically PTSD, leading to increases in targeted PTSD knowledge and skills and enhancing resilience.
The purpose of this pilot study is to: (1) develop a systems-focused, psychoeducational program designed to enhance resilience in veterans with OSIs receiving clinical care at an OSI clinic in Atlantic Canada and their families; (2) to implement the program with veterans and their families at the OSI clinic; (3) to evaluate the efficacy of the program; and (4) to compare resilience-building family psychoeducation to the standard information-providing services currently available to families at the OSI clinic. Results will be shared within the network of OSI clinics in Canada and will inform the development of a proposal for a mixed-method study.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Veterans Family Military Family Trauma, Psychological||Behavioral: Pilot psychoeducation program Other: Program evaluation||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||30 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Primary Purpose:||Supportive Care|
|Official Title:||Family Psychoeducation for Military Veterans: A Pilot Study|
|Estimated Study Start Date :||October 1, 2020|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||May 31, 2021|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||May 31, 2021|
Military Veterans and their families
This group will participate in both the pilot psychoeducation program and its evaluation.
Behavioral: Pilot psychoeducation program
Canadian Armed Forces veterans and their family members will be recruited to participate in this pilot psychoeducation program and its evaluation. Two six-week sessions will be implemented an OSI Clinic in Atlantic Canada - the first in January/February of 2020 and the second in the spring of 2020. A maximum of 10-15 participants (including both veterans and their family members) will be recruited for each group. Family members are defined as spouses/partners, siblings, parents, and adult children. Each of the weekly sessions will take place at the OSI clinic and will be led by at least two trained facilitators (one from the research team, and one member of the OSI clinical staff team). Each of these sessions will focus on providing education of different topics relevant to those accessing services at the clinic (e.g., types of treatments available, tools to support families, self care, etc.).
Other: Program evaluation
At the end of each six-week session, program outcomes will be assessed qualitatively by a member of the research team. Participants will take part in semi-structured interviews guided by questions informed by the ecological family systems theory.
- Patient and family-perceived efficacy and utility of a pilot psychoeducation program. [ Time Frame: Final Interviews to occur 6 weeks after completion of psychoeducation program. ]Research suggests that brief, systems-focused family psychoeducation programs are useful in the treatment of Operational Stress Injuries (OSIs), specifically traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), leading to increases in targeted PTSD knowledge and skills and enhancing resilience. The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate the perceived efficacy and utility of a pilot family psychoeducation program developed and implemented in collaboration with researchers at the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU). Using an ecological family systems theoretical framework, researchers will conduct individual semi-structured interviews with participants (based on a de novo interview guide) before, upon completion of the program, and 6 weeks after program completion to qualitatively analyze the data.
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 ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04180293
|Contact: Deborah A. Norris, PhD||902-457-6376||Deborah.Norris@msvu.ca|
|Contact: Abraham Rudnick, MD||902-460-6225||Abraham.Rudnick@nshealth.ca|
|Principal Investigator:||Deborah A. Norris, PhD||Mount Saint Vincent University|