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Service Dogs for Veterans With PTSD

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: NCT01329341
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Study concluded prematurly)
First Posted : April 5, 2011
Last Update Posted : May 12, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate use of service dogs for individuals who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Objectives include: (1) assess the impact service dogs have on the mental health and quality of life of Veterans; (2) to provide recommendations to the VA to serve as guidance in providing service dogs to Veterans; and (3) To determine cost associated with total health care utilization and mental health care utilization among Veterans with PTSD.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
PTSD Other: Service Dogs Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 62 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Service Dogs for Veterans With PTSD: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Actual Study Start Date : July 1, 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 31, 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : March 31, 2017

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Arm 1
Service Dogs
Other: Service Dogs
Service dogs will be trained to help Veterans with PTSD

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Mental Health Outcomes [ Time Frame: 3,6,9,12,18 and 24 months after receipt of service dog ]
    Mental Health Outcomes are defined by the following measures: (PCL-S - PTSD symptoms; Depression - measured by PHQ9; and Alcohol abuse - measured by the Audit-C)

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age greater than or equal to 18 years
  • Referral from provider.
  • PTSD diagnosis
  • In active treatment for PTSD for at least three months at time of enrollment, with plans to remain in active treatment
  • Acceptance by the dog vendor for the service dog
  • Ability to adequately care for a dog - physically/financially
  • Living in Florida
  • Able to travel to vendor for pairing with dog

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Been hospitalized for mental health reasons in the prior 6 months
  • Not living at the same residence for 6 months.
  • Diagnoses: Psychoses, Delusions, dementia, active alcohol/substance dependence. Moderate to severe TBI. Any other diagnosis deemed by PI to limit ability to participate or give informed consent
  • At time of enrollment - Active suicidal ideation, homicide, cognitive disabilities that would preclude safety of animal and ability needed for participation in the study.
  • Children under age 10 living in the home

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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 identifier (NCT number): NCT01329341

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United States, Florida
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida, United States, 33612
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
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Principal Investigator: Stephanie McGovern, RN James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, FL
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Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development Identifier: NCT01329341    
Other Study ID Numbers: D8094-I
First Posted: April 5, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 12, 2017
Last Verified: May 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No
Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
Service Dogs
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders