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KATHY:Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Hypochondriasis

This study has been completed.
Bispebjerg Hospital
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Copenhagen Trial Unit, Center for Clinical Intervention Research Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2005
History: No changes posted

The purpose of this study was to examined if psychotherapy is an effecitive treatment for hypochondriasis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Versus Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: a Randomised Clinical Trial

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Two primary outcome measures were included 0, 6 and 12 month after treatment: the Health Anxiety Inventory (HAI), which is an 18-item, self-report questionnaire and the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A).

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Several secondary outcome measures were included 0, 6 and 12 month after treatment: Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D) and Global Assessment Functioning (GAF).

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: August 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2005
Detailed Description:

Background: The central feature of hypochondriasis is preoccupation or fear of having a serious disease based on misinterpretation of bodily signs. Psychotherapeutic treatments have developed with focus on different aspects of the condition. Several controlled trials have examined the effectiveness of different treatment strategies.

Hypothesis: Hypochondriasis is accessible for treatment. Specific cognitive treatment focused on misinterpretation of bodily sensations is more effective than short-term non-specific psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Method: Patients with hypochondriasis were randomisation to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy, or waiting list. Patients on waiting list were subsequently randomised to CBT or dynamic psychotherapy. The patients received six-teen sessions over a period of six month. Follow-up assessments were made six and twelve month after treatment.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

(1) age between 18 and 65 years, (2) Danish as native language, (3) fulfilment of the ICD-10 research criteria for hypochondriasis (3), (4) health anxiety to a significant degree: a score more than 17 on the health anxiety inventory (HAI) (5).


Exclusion Criteria:

(1) current psychotic condition, (2) current substance abuse, (3) a medical condition which demanded immediate treatment, (4) psychopharmacological treatment initiated or increased during the last 6 weeks before treatment, and (5) previous cognitive behavioural treatment.


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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00208247

Sponsors and Collaborators
Copenhagen Trial Unit, Center for Clinical Intervention Research
Bispebjerg Hospital
Study Director: Morten Birket-Smith, DMSc Liaison Psychiatric Unit, Bispebjerg Hospital, 2400 NV Copenhagen, Denmark
Principal Investigator: Per Sorensen, MD Liaison Psychiatric Unit, Bispebjerg Hospital, 2400-NV Copenhagen, Denmark
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00208247     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2001-11-DP-82-RKF-21
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: September 13, 2005
Health Authority: Denmark: The Regional Committee on Biomedical Research Ethics

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Somatoform Disorders processed this record on November 27, 2014