A Trial on the Effect of Emotional Disclosure of Traumatic Life Events on Physical Health

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
University of Birmingham
Information provided by:
University Hospital Birmingham
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00896844
First received: May 11, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: May 2009
History: No changes posted
  Purpose

This is a randomized, controlled trial on the effect of emotional disclosure of traumatic life events on physical health. The hypothesis is that expression of emotions could possibly improve physical health.


Condition Intervention
Healthy
Behavioral: emotional disclosure
Behavioral: placebo writing

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomised Controlled Trial on the Effect of Emotional Disclosure of Traumatic Life Events on Physical Health

Further study details as provided by University Hospital Birmingham:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • health centre visits [ Time Frame: within 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • respiratory infections [ Time Frame: within 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: September 2001
Study Completion Date: May 2004
Primary Completion Date: May 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: emotional disclosure
writing about emotional events from the past
Behavioral: emotional disclosure
writing about emotional events from the past
Placebo Comparator: placebo writing
writing about how they spent their time the previous day
Behavioral: placebo writing
writing about how they spent their time the previous day

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • healthy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • any mental or physical illnesses in the last three months
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00896844

Locations
United Kingdom
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B15 2TT
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Birmingham
University of Birmingham
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dr Catherine Meads, University of Birmingham
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00896844     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1-Meads
Study First Received: May 11, 2009
Last Updated: May 11, 2009
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by University Hospital Birmingham:
emotional disclosure
expressive writing
students

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