Yoga Breath Program and Client-Centered Exposure for Relief of PTSD in Tsunami Victims

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, India
The Art of Living Foundation
India: International Association for Human Values
Information provided by:
Victim Services Center, Miami
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00290225
First received: February 8, 2006
Last updated: May 2, 2007
Last verified: May 2007
  Purpose

Study hypothesis: that a standardized course of Eastern practices (Breath Water Sound Course -BWS) will significantly relieve PTSD and depression in tsunami victims. Further, that a client-centered exposure treatment (Traumatic Incident Reduction- TIR) would provide additional, significant relief of PTSD and depression in tsunami victims.

180 tsunami victims in Southern India will be divided into three groups: those that only receive BWS course, those that receive the BWS course and TIR and a wait-list control. They will be pretested with the PCL-17 (PTSD scale), the Beck Depression Inventory and the General Health Questionaire. These scales will also be administered post-service as well as five weeks post pre-testing and at three and six month intervals.


Condition Intervention Phase
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Depression
Behavioral: Breath Water Sound Course and Traumatic Incident Reduction
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Controlled Trial of Yoga Breath Based Group Intervention and Client-Centered Exposure Treatment for Relief of Traumatic Stress and Depression in Tsunami Victims

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Further study details as provided by Victim Services Center, Miami:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • That the BWS course and TIR will provide significant reduction in scores on the PCL-C, a standardized measure of PTSD symptoms. [ Time Frame: improvement in PCL-C scores will occur in one week and persist for the duration of the study: 6 months ]
  • That the BWS course and TIR will provide significant relief from clinical depression as measured on BDI. [ Time Frame: Improvement in scores on BDI will occur in one week and persist for 6 months ]

Enrollment: 180
Study Start Date: June 2005
Study Completion Date: December 2005
  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Tsunami witness, tsunami victim, and/or lost loved one or property.
  2. Ages 18-70
  3. Willing to participate for the entire length of this research study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Drug addiction, notwithstanding alcohol or tobacco.
  2. Schizophrenia or other severe pre-existing mental illness
  3. Severe physical disability or illness that would prevent study completion.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00290225

Sponsors and Collaborators
Victim Services Center, Miami
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, India
The Art of Living Foundation
India: International Association for Human Values
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Vedamurthy Achar, Ph.D. National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India
Principal Investigator: Teresa Descilo, MSW Victim Services Center, Miami
Study Director: R. Damodoran, MA International Association for Human Values
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00290225     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VSCIAHVNIMHANS
Study First Received: February 8, 2006
Last Updated: May 2, 2007
Health Authority: India: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Victim Services Center, Miami:
Posttraumatic stress disorder
depression
disaster mental health
yoga
Breathwork
exposure treatments

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anxiety Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 17, 2014