Healing Touch & Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
This is a randomized controlled 2 year trial at Camp Pendleton, CA to determine whether a complementary medicine intervention (Healing Touch with Guided Imagery, HT+GI) reduces Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms as compared to treatment as usual (TAU) in returning combat-exposed active duty military with significant PTSD symptoms. Secondary aims will evaluate the effect of HT and GI on measures of depression, hostility, and general health status in this population.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Healing Touch and Guided Imagery Intervention in Post-deployment Military Personnel With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms|
- 17-item PTSD Checklist (Military)is used to determine the effect of the intervention [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided imagery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Depression (Beck Depression Inventory) [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided imagery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Quality of Life (SF36) [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided imagery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Hostility (Cook-Medley Hostility Inventory) [ Time Frame: After 6 treatments of healing touch and guided ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
This group receives 6 Healing Touch & Guided Imagery treatments in addition to standard medical care.
Other: Healing Touch & Guided Imagery
Healing Touch (HT) is an energy based approach to health and healing. It uses light touch to influence the energy field that surrounds the body, and the energy centers which control the flow of energy to the physical body.
HT complements traditional health care and is used together with other approaches to health and healing.
Guided Imagery (GI) is a form of focused relaxation used to create harmony between the mind and body. Positive mental imagery can promote relaxation, reduce stress and improve mood as well as alter heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.
No Intervention: Group B
This group receives standard medical care but NO Healing Touch and Guided Imagery.
The study enrolled 123 active duty subjects from the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California with at least one or more symptoms of PTSD .
|United States, California|
|Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine|
|La Jolla, California, United States, 92037|
|Principal Investigator:||Erminia M Guarneri, MD||Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine|