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Blending Two Worlds: Traditional Aboriginal Healing Strategies for Depression and Anxiety (B2W)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified May 2011 by Fraser Health.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Ministry of Children and Family Development, British Columbia
Information provided by:
Fraser Health
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00749177
First received: September 5, 2008
Last updated: May 25, 2011
Last verified: May 2011
  Purpose
  1. Purpose

    1. Provide a culturally sensitive and supportive treatment environment for children, youth and families in the aboriginal community experiencing stress, anxiety and depression.
    2. Gain insight into understanding of the role of Traditional Healing options provided by Aboriginal Healers and Helpers in the management of stress, anxiety and depression.
    3. Encourage Aboriginal and First Nation clients to seek treatment earlier from a culturally supportive system.
  2. Hypothesis

This will be a descriptive hypothesis generating research project, however it is anticipated that members of the Aboriginal community experiencing stress, anxiety and depression may experience improved care and outcomes if their treatment includes traditional healing methods. A number of measures of subject and treatment characteristics, stress, anxiety and depression will provide the foundation for triangulation of outcomes in order to describe the impact of the various treatment options (standard care, Traditional Healing, combined standard care and Traditional Healing).


Condition Intervention
Anxiety
Depression
Other: Traditional Healing options

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Screening
Official Title: Blending Two Worlds: Traditional Aboriginal Healing Strategies for Depression and Anxiety. Possible Options for Children, Youth and Families

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Further study details as provided by Fraser Health:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Provide Aboriginal and First Nation youth and their families with treatment options consistent with cultural beliefs. Improving outcomes in the management of anxiety and depression. [ Time Frame: Within one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • 1. Encourage Aboriginal and First Nation clients to seek treatment earlier from a culturally supportive system. 2. Validate the benefit of traditional diet and healing methods in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression [ Time Frame: Within 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: November 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 2
Traditional Healing arm Provides Traditional Healing options only
Other: Traditional Healing options
Dream work, energy healing, healing circles, pipe ceremonies, self care, smudging, sweat lodges and traditional learning.
Active Comparator: 3
Traditional Healing and usual standard of care arm Subjects will access both treatment options
Other: Traditional Healing options
Dream work, energy healing, healing circles, pipe ceremonies, self care, smudging, sweat lodges and traditional learning.
Active Comparator: 1
Treatment as usual
Other: Traditional Healing options
Dream work, energy healing, healing circles, pipe ceremonies, self care, smudging, sweat lodges and traditional learning.

Detailed Description:

Aboriginal clients, including first nation youth, may not be confident or comfortable with the standard treatments offered by the current Mental Health environment. Incorporating traditional aboriginal healing methods such as dream work, energy healing, healing circles, pipe ceremonies, self care, smudging, sweat lodge and traditional learning into standard practice will provide a culturally sensitive and supportive environment for children, youth and families experiencing stress, anxiety and depression.

It is believed that Aboriginal and First Nation clients that access treatment options consistent with cultural beliefs will be encouraged to seek treatment earlier and will experience improved care and outcomes.

In addition, the improved understanding of the role of traditional healing methods provided by Aboriginal Healers and Helpers in the management of these disorders will help clinicians incorporate these practices in the management of anxiety and depression

  Eligibility

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • children and adolescents (less than 18 years of age)and families with anxiety and/or depression attending the Surrey North Child and Youth Mental Health Team.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with severe anxiety or depression requiring intervention (i.e. hospitalization) or have a past or present history of suicide attempt. Subjects with special needs including medical contraindications (i.e. medical conditions including pregnancy), brain injury, developmental disability or fetal alcohol syndrome). Those subjects unwilling or unable to participate in a Traditional Healing options.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00749177

Contacts
Contact: Rob York, MA 604-951-5844 Rob.York@gov.bc.ca
Contact: Deborah L Thompson, BScPharm, BCPP, PharmD 604-614-2857 debbie.thompson@fraserhealth.ca

Locations
Canada, British Columbia
Child and Youth Mental Health, Surrey North Recruiting
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, V3T 2B3
Contact: Rob York, MA    604-951-5844    Rob.York@gov.bc.ca   
Principal Investigator: Virge Silveira, MA         
Sub-Investigator: Janit Doyle, MA         
Sub-Investigator: Rob York, MA         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fraser Health
Ministry of Children and Family Development, British Columbia
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Deborah L Thompson, BScPharm, BCPP, PharmD Fraser Health
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Dr Deborah L Thompson/Clinical Pharmacy Consultant, Psychiatry, Fraser Health Authority, Mental Health and Addictions
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00749177     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FHA-MHA-B2W
Study First Received: September 5, 2008
Last Updated: May 25, 2011
Health Authority: Canada: Health Canada

Keywords provided by Fraser Health:
traditional healing
anxiety
depression
aboriginal
children
youth

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anxiety Disorders
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders

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