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Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) in the Emergency Department (ISTDPED)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Nova Scotia Health Authority Identifier:
First received: February 12, 2008
Last updated: January 30, 2009
Last verified: January 2009
Objective: Somatization of emotions accounts for excess Emergency department (ED) visits. Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) has methods to diagnose and manage somatization. We examined the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of ISTDP diagnostic and treatment methods used for patients with repeated ED presentations for medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUS)

Condition Intervention
Somatic Complaints of Multiple Types Behavioral: Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Emotion-Focused Diagnosis and Treatment of Somatization in the ED

Further study details as provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Emergency department visits pre and post [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Brief Symptom Inventory [ Time Frame: pre and post ]
  • Patient Satisfaction [ Time Frame: post ]

Enrollment: 77
Study Start Date: January 2002
Study Completion Date: October 2007
Primary Completion Date: October 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
ISTDP therapy was provided
Behavioral: Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy
A brief psychotherapy format
Other Name: Short-term Psychotherapy
No Intervention: 2
People referred but never seen

Detailed Description:
Herein we report the methods and outcomes of rapidly-accessed, emotion-focused diagnostic and treatment services for patients presenting to the ED with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). Patients who were assessed and referred by ED physicians will serve as a non-randomized condition controlling for some relevant variables. Our a priori hypotheses were that assessed and treated patients would have a reduction in ED visits and self reported symptoms after this intervention and that controls would have a smaller reduction in ED visits if any.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Unexplained symptoms

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Psychosis, substance abuse, suicidality
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00833742

Canada, Nova Scotia
Capital Health
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 2E2
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Principal Investigator: Allan A Abbass, MD FRCPC Capital Health, Canada
  More Information

Responsible Party: Allan Abbass, Director, Centre for Emotions and Health, Capital District Health Authority, Canada Identifier: NCT00833742     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AAA01
Study First Received: February 12, 2008
Last Updated: January 30, 2009

Keywords provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority:
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