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Exercise and Health Intervention for Patients With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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Butler Hospital Identifier:
First received: November 16, 2010
Last updated: July 21, 2015
Last verified: July 2015

November 16, 2010
July 21, 2015
November 2010
March 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS; OCD symptomatology) [ Time Frame: 15 months ]
Severity of obsessions and compulsions via Y-BOCS interview [ Time Frame: 15 months ]
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01242735 on Archive Site
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Exercise and Health Intervention for Patients With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Testing the Efficacy of an Exercise Intervention for Patients With OCD
The purpose of this study is to test the effect of a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise intervention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) patients interested in reducing symptoms. The investigators expect that this project will contribute much needed knowledge about the role that aerobic exercise can play in managing the effects of OCD. If moderate-intensity aerobic exercise is efficacious in helping individuals with OCD manage obsessions and compulsions, this will establish that aerobic exercise may be a valuable adjunct to other OCD treatments such as medication and therapy.
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Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Behavioral: Aerobic exercise
    12-week moderate-intensity behavioral exercise intervention. Weekly sessions with an exercise physiologist who will also assign weekly exercise goals.
  • Behavioral: Health and Wellness
    12-week health and wellness education control. Weekly sessions about 12 different topics related to OCD, led by an OCD expert.
  • Experimental: Exercise
    12-week moderate-intensity behavioral exercise intervention (AE)
    Intervention: Behavioral: Aerobic exercise
  • Active Comparator: Health and Wellness
    12-week health and wellness education control (HEC)
    Intervention: Behavioral: Health and Wellness
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
March 2015
March 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. are between 18 and 65 years of age
  2. are sedentary, i.e. have not participated in regular aerobic physical exercise for at least 90 minutes per week during the past three months
  3. currently engaged in at least 12 weeks of stable dose pharmacotherapy and/or are currently engaged in cognitive-behavioral therapy for the past 13 weeks
  4. meet Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-IV) criteria for OCD as assessed by the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM Disorders, Patient Version (SCID-P)
  5. have Y-BOCS score greater than 16

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. DSM-IV diagnosis of substance abuse/dependence except for nicotine dependence
  2. DSM-IV diagnosis of anorexia or bulimia nervosa
  3. DSM-IV diagnosis of bipolar disorder
  4. history of psychotic disorder or current psychotic symptoms
  5. current suicidality or homicidality
  6. marked organic impairment
  7. physical or medical problems that would not allow for safe exercise participation
  8. current pregnancy or intent to become pregnant during the next 12 weeks
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
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United States
1R01MH086513-01A1 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
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Butler Hospital
Butler Hospital
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Ana M Abrantes, Ph.D. Butler Hospital
Butler Hospital
July 2015

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