Effectiveness and Neuropsychological Predictors of Guided Self-Help for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hartford Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: August 3, 2012
Last updated: December 2, 2015
Last verified: December 2015
The primary aim of this study is to learn about who is most likely to benefit from guided self-help (GSH) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Condition Intervention
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Behavioral: "OCFighter"

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effectiveness and Neuropsychological Predictors of Guided Self-Help for OCD

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Further study details as provided by Hartford Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) [ Time Frame: Baseline (pretreatment), 17-weeks (posttreatment), and 6 month-follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The Y-BOCS is a semi-structured interview that assesses severity of obsessions and compulsions. The total score is reported here and ranges from 0 to 40 with higher scores indicating more severe OCD symptoms.

  • Responder Status [ Time Frame: Week 17 (post-treatment) and 6-month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Participants who experienced a clinically significant change in Y-BOCS score defined as posttreatment YBOCS score that (a) has decreased by a reliable level (at least 1.96 times the standard deviation of that measure, taking into account the reliability of the measure itself; in this case, a decrease of 5 points or more), and (b) is within the nonclinical range of scores (in this case, a score of 13 or below).

Enrollment: 26
Study Start Date: August 2012
Study Completion Date: June 2014
Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: OCFighter
Behavioral: "OCFighter"
OCFighter™ s an interactive, internet guided self-help (GSH) treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It uses the evidence based approach known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and was adapted from the previously validated BT STEPS program for OCD. The program teaches the best practice CBT technique to help with OCD called exposure with ritual prevention (ERP).
Other Names:
  • OCFighter
  • Guided Self-help

Detailed Description:
40 Participants with OCD will be recruited. They will be given access to OC Fighter, an internet OCD treatment program. During the 17 week program, participants will meet with a therapist 9 times. Assessments will occur at pretreatment, post-treatment, 3-month follow up and 6-month follow up.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 69 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Principal or co-principal diagnosis of OCD
  • Clinical global impression score greater than or equal to 4
  • Y-BOCS score great than or equal to 8
  • Fluency in English
  • Capacity to understand the nature of the study and willingness to sign informed consent form

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Active manic episode, psychosis, pervasive developmental disorder, mental retardation
  • Concurrent OCD psychotherapy
  • Current threat of harm to self or others
  • Previous adequate trial of therapist-administered or self-administered exposure and response prevention for OCD
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01659125

United States, Connecticut
Hartford Hospital
Hartford, Connecticut, United States, 06106
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hartford Hospital
Principal Investigator: Gretchen Diefenbach, Ph.D. Hartford Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Hartford Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01659125     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DIEF003581HI 
Study First Received: August 3, 2012
Results First Received: April 8, 2015
Last Updated: December 2, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Compulsive Behavior
Compulsive Personality Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Impulsive Behavior
Mental Disorders
Personality Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on May 26, 2016