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Coherence Training for Military Personnel

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01599598
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 16, 2012
Last Update Posted : August 19, 2016
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May 7, 2012
May 16, 2012
August 19, 2016
April 2012
September 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Stress symptomatology [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
The effectiveness of the two stress intervention trainings will be evaluated on symptoms of depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, perceived stress, and sleep quality.
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  • School performance [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    The effectiveness of the two stress intervention trainings will be evaluated on final grades.
  • Attrition [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    The effectiveness of the two stress intervention trainings will be evaluated on rates of attrition.
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Coherence Training for Military Personnel
Coherence Training for Military Personnel
Military operations and training situations present many physical and psychological challenges for service members to adapt to and overcome. The challenges of these changing conditions necessitate having to cope with stress, which is seen as the negative perceptions, feelings, and emotions that manifest from the subjective physical and/or mental strain on life processes. In addition, service members are returning from deployments having gone through traumatic experiences that can develop into posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or other serious conditions. The Surface Warfare Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) School is an example of a training environment where some students may be entering the program with symptoms of PTSD, which may preclude or make it more difficult for them to perform well. Autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysregulation has been observed in patients with PTSD and those experiencing chronic stress, such that there is more arousing, sympathetic input to the heart than calming, parasympathetic input, which is usually the dominant division of the ANS involved in controlling one's heart rate. The IDC training program is an example of an environment where the service member is expected to excel while being subjected to multiple sources of stress. The fast tempo coupled with performance expectations may induce stress and actually inhibit learning. The Institute of HeartMath has developed the Coherence Advantage program which teaches one to self-regulate their emotions while focusing on breathing to compliment the active process of self-regulation. In conjunction, the emWave Personal Stress Reliever allows the user to receive heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback, hence giving the user the opportunity to self-regulate their ANS through breathing and self-regulation techniques. The proposed study will test the effectiveness of the Coherence Advantage program versus progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) in reducing stress symptomatology among Surface Warfare IDC students. The effectiveness of these two different interventions will be compared on outcomes of PTSD, depression, anxiety, sleep quality, perceived stress, attrition, and class performance.
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Interventional
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Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Stress
  • Behavioral: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
    Participants will be instructed to practice the techniques twice daily for 5-15 minutes per session, and subsequently use the techniques when confronted with a stressful event such as a project deadline, exam, skill evaluation, etc. Participants in this condition will listen to PMR instruction by way of a mp3 player.
  • Behavioral: Coherence Advantage
    Participants will be instructed to practice the techniques twice daily for 5-15 minutes per session, and subsequently use the techniques when confronted with a stressful event such as a project deadline, exam, skill evaluation, etc. Participants in this condition will practice the techniques while using a biofeedback device to recognize when they enter psychophysiological coherence.
    Other Name: emWave2
  • Active Comparator: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
    A stress intervention where subjects will learn to regulate stress based on the tensing and releasing of the major muscle groups in the body, accompanied with relaxed breathing techniques.
    Intervention: Behavioral: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Active Comparator: Coherence Advantage
    A stress intervention where subjects will learn to regulate stress by focusing on breathing and mindfulness techniques while recognizing physiological coherence by way of a portable biofeedback device.
    Intervention: Behavioral: Coherence Advantage
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Completed
192
September 2014
September 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Sailors
  • Enrolled as students in the Surface Warfare Medicine Institute's Independent Duty Corpsman School

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Administratively rolled over into another class
  • Dropped out of the school (due to academic or medical reasons)
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Child, Adult, Senior
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United States
 
 
NCT01599598
NMCSD.2011.0130
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Plan to Share IPD: No
United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego
United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego
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Principal Investigator: Scott L Johnston, PhD U.S. Navy, Medical Service Corps, Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC)
United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego
August 2016

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